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Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

Should or should not a particular piece of literature (that has literary merit) be in the AP Literature Curriculum?

What is literary merit?

What is the criteria used by the College Board?


    Assignment Specifics

    Using literary criticism and an analysis of the work itself, argue that a novel, play, or children's piece of literature should or should not be in the AP Literature Curriculum.


      Reading Requirements for AP Literature

      As stated in the College Board Manual...

      "Reading in an AP course is both wide and deep.  This reading necessarily builds upon and complements the reading done in previous English courses so that by the time students complete their AP course, they will have read works from several genres and periods from the 16th century to the 21st century....students in an AP Literature and Composition course read actively.  The works taught in the course require careful, deliberative reading.  And the approach to analyzing and interpreting material involves students in learning how to make careful observations of textural detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw from those connections a series of inferences leading to an interpretive conclusion about the meaning and value of a piece of writing."

      Search Strategies

      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
      • Be creative
      • Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!

      Some search terms to try:

      • characterization
      • setting
      • "figurative language"
      • imagery
      • symbolism
      • "point of view"
      • "writing style"
      • syntax
      • diction
      • tone
      • "central idea"
      • criticism OR "literary criticism"


        Usernames and passwords are available in the Library Media Center.

        OR...join the Library Media Center Google Classroom (code available in the Library Media Center)

        Gale Literary Index (Print Resources)


        Print Resources: Destiny

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        Destiny Library Catalog

        Log in
        Select Catalog tab
        Non-fiction, 800 section


        EBSCO (Subscription Database)

        JSTOR Subscription Database (Ithaka)

        • JSTOR
          *Arts & Sciences
          *Life Sciences
          *19th Century British Pamphlets
          *Ecology and Botany

        ProQuest Subscription Databases

        Free Online Resources

        Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

        • Who is providing the information?
        • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
        • What is the purpose of the site?
        • When was the site last updated?
        • What is the possible bias?


        When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

        Be responsible.

        Be honest.

        Show integrity.


        • NoodleTools
          NoodleTools is a bibliographic software tool to assist you in creating accurate source citations in MLA and APA formats.

        MLA (Modern Language Association)

        Modern Language Association (MLA) style is most often used in the humanities, arts, and literature. MLA Handbook, 7th ed.


        Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
        MLA Formatting & Style Guide


        Other Resources

        The resources below might be of use for those of you having selected a children's book!

        Teaching Books

        • Teaching Books
          Search for a favorite author, audio books, book titles, book guides, short movies, etc. to gain insight into the author’s craft, hear author readings, liven up reading, and access Spanish readings as well.

        Children's Books & Tools

        Teenagers:  Do you have younger brothers or sisters?  Do you babysit?  Do you take Child Development classes? If yes, check these out!


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