• AP English Literature

    Mr. Lerner


    Course Description: This course is designed for highly proficient students to continue preparation for the Advanced Placement English Exam in the spring of senior year.  Students will refine language skills through reflective, analytical, creative and functional reading and writing exercises.  Students will read, discuss, and analyze selected works in the genres of the novel, poetry, drama and non-fiction, which address the theme of character self-hood relative to the human experience and societal values.  Research techniques will be developed through examination of biographical information, historical context, and literary criticism on a teacher selected author and/or an approved student selected author. Students will demonstrate their acquired and refined skills in research papers, creative projects, formal essays, compositions, quizzes, tests, and oral presentations. Through practical, “hands-on” scholarship and a critical understanding of how to read and write about literature, students will achieve the ultimate goal of the course - success on the AP English Exam.


    Course Content: This course will consist of the following units of study:


    A.     Vocabulary: Development and Enrichment

    B.     Writing Process: Short Compositions, Formal Essays, and the Research Paper

    C.     Literary Analysis: Contemporary Multicultural, Classic, and British Short Stories

    D.    Literary Analysis: Contemporary Multicultural, Classic, and British Drama

    E.     Literary Analysis: Contemporary Multicultural, Classic, and British Poetry

    F.     Literary Analysis: Contemporary Multicultural, Classic, and British Novels


    Texts may include, but are not limited to:


    Sophocles; The Oedipus Trilogy

    Kate Chopin; The Awakening

    Eugene O’Neill; Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Dave Eggers; Zeitoun

    William Shakespeare; Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, etc.

    Tom Stoppard; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Zora Neale Hurston; Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Jane Austen; Pride and Prejudice

    Emily Bronte; Wuthering Heights

    Henry James; The Turn of the Screw

    Albert Camus; The Stranger

    George Orwell; 1984

    Ken Kesey; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Henrik Ibsen; A Doll’s House

    Oscar Wilde; The Importance of Being Ernest


    Selections of excerpts from Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, Romantic, Victorian and Modern poetry, prose, and drama.






    Grading System: Marking period grades will be determined using a point system. Averages will be determined by dividing the number of points earned by the total number of points assigned.  Final grades for First, Second, and Third Marking Periods will receive no grade lower than 50%. Final Fourth Marking Period and Final Exam grades will be reported as earned. All formal written work will be evaluated on a rubric.  AP style essays will be scored using the scoring guide outlined by the College Board.  Other analytical and creative writing, as well as projects, will be graded on rubrics specific to each assignment. No extra credit work will be given; however, students can earn points (“Lerner Points”), which will be added to their marking period total, via exceptional class participation through insightful responses and/or incisive questions.


                [Students who take the AP Exam in May are exempt

     from taking the final exam in June for the course.]


    Classroom Expectations: As this course is designed to be comparable to a freshman level college literature course, students will be held to high standards of scholarship and accountability.  Success will be achieved through thorough independent reading, active participation in class discussion, and high quality written assignments.  Late papers, assignments, or projects will receive a zero unless extenuating circumstances exist (the determination of what constitutes an “extenuating circumstance” will be made by me in consultation with my supervisor).


    Absences/Make-up Work: All students are responsible for making up work due to absences.  Extra copies of any class material will be available in the classroom.  As outlined in the SHS Student Handbook, students will have two days to make up any work missed.  If the work cannot be made up within those two days, other arrangements must be made immediately upon return to school.


    Contact Information: The best way to reach me is through the school email at dlerner@somervilleschools.org.  Please use emails for any questions or concerns.  My normal office hours are held Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 in room 200 or in the English Office. Of course, special arrangements can be made as needed. Full Course Syllabus for AP Lit. and Comp.