Eastside Academic Studies


AP English Literature and Composition

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Teacher: Margaret Shuman
Date/Time: Tuesday - 12:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: Youth Room
Departments: Advanced Placement (AP), Language Arts
DOE Number: 23.06500
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 18

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition [World Lit/Comp]

Grades: 10-12, 9 with instructor approval

One core credit; DOE course code: 23.06500

One weekly class with two 90-min sessions

Prerequisites: At least a B in two previous high-school-level English classes and motivation to do college-level work

This seminar-style course provides an opportunity for students to dig into fiction in an analytical way, writing about and discussing the content and context of classic works. Through study of writing techniques, literary terms, and backgrounds of literature from various centuries and cultures, students investigate literary strategies and learn to navigate through some of the powerful worldviews of history, from Greek to African to European, and from existentialist to feminist to Christian. Students engage in discussion, research, and writing. Study of past AP exams makes the optional, national May exam more friendly to the student.

Despite this serious description, students actually enjoy the give and take in the discussions and the chance to dig deeply into interesting material. Much of the class is interactive and hands-on. Optional reading can add extra credit, starting in the summer.

Texts: Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense (ISBN 0155511084) and classic fiction such as Othello*; Doll's House*; Cry, the Beloved Country; The Plague; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Things Fall Apart; Death of a Salesman* (*included in Perrine text which is cheap to purchase used online or from previous Multicultural Lit students).

Extra-credit summer reading opportunities and syllabus are at www.MargaretShuman.com.

Tuition: Nine monthly payments of $100/mo, August through April. Supply fee: $50, due in August. These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of materials and services we will use in class and monthly administrative fees. 

Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.

The fees for the May national AP exam (which is an optional test) and books are not included in price of class. 

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time.


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