AP English Literature and Composition (Sem 1)

Enrollment Message:

Schools/students are required to provide their own books for this course. Please see the course description under Additional Costs for the list of required books. ATTENTION: Due to the rigor and testing requirements of this year long course, we highly recommend that a student be enrolled for Sem 2 at the time of their Sem 1 enrollment. Enrolling early increases the likelihood that the student is able to stay with the same instructor all year which is advantageous for student success in this course. There is always the opportunity to drop once 2nd semester begins. This course includes REQUIRED due dates. All due dates in AP courses offered in Semester 2 occur prior to the national AP exam date published by the College Board.

This is the first semester in a two-semester sequence and provides high school students with college-level instruction in active, close reading, and analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of works of literary merit, students learn to consider how a work's style, figurative language, theme, and other literary elements contribute to its meaning and cultural significance. This approach to analyzing prose and poetry allows students to establish connections, make observations about textual details, and sharpen their understanding of these nuances through their own writing. This course will effectively prepare students for the AP Exam and learning beyond the exam by enabling them to read, analyze, and write about complex texts. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored. Prerequisites: Three years of high school English

Course Objectives: After successfully completing this course, the student will:

  • Recognize and use kinds and levels of diction from the casual to the formal.
  • Use appropriate varieties of sentence structures in writing.
  • Employ logical and functional relationships in sentences within paragraphs and in paragraphs within essays.
  • Comprehend the use of major modes of discourse (narration, description, analysis).
  • Identify and select appropriate aims of discourse (information, persuasion, expression) for specific writing tasks.

Course Outline:

  • AP Exam Overview
  • MLA Format
  • Rhetorical Devices
  • Early American Writers
  • Tone Analysis
  • Figurative Language
  • Analysis Research and Synthesis
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Aphorisms Style Analysis
  • Diction Analysis
  • American Romanticism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Synthesis Essay
  • Introduction to Multiple Choice Questions
  • Denotation/Connotation
  • Imagery and Detail Analysis
  • Inductive/Deductive Logic
  • Syllogism Analysis of Theme
  • Causes and Effects of the Civil War Humor - Satire

Resources Included: Online lesson content, learning activities, graded assessments, and a certified online instructor.

Additional Costs: Students may be required to provided their own copies of the some reading materials. The following titles are required reading (Students must provide their own copies of, or otherwise access, the following books):

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  3. "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot (Just the poem)
  4. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  6. One of the following:
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • The Color Purple By Alice Walker
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • The Stranger by Albert Camus
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Lightweight devices such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java which still appears in a small percentage of FLVS courses. FLVS has worked to de-Flash its courses. Students may need extra work-around steps or alternate browsers to engage with some portions of select courses or may be required to utlize text-alternatives for some interactive objects. FLVS recommends students have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. Fully supported Operating Systems for FLVS courses include Windows (7 or higher), Mac OS X (10.8 or higher), and MacOS (10.12 or higher). Supported Browsers include the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari on devices that support Java and HTML5. Browsers need to be up to date, and some FLVS courses may require installation or enabling of the following Plug-ins: JavaScript enabled, Cookies enabled, Java installed. https://www.flvs.net/student-resources/system-requirements

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at a http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html.

Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself.  It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam.

There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. The calendar of AP exam dates is published by the College Board (Exam Calendar).

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives,Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 01006
MDE Endorsement Code: BA - English
MMC Minimum Requirements: ELA

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Advanced Placement