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AP Literature Literary Analysis Paper  

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Research is NOT...

  • regurgitation of facts
  • filling in the blanks
  • simply gathering and repeating information

    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 one of the following pieces of literature should or should not be in the AP Literature Curriculum:

      • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
      • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
      • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
      • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
      • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
      • The Awakening by Kate Chopin

        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"


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          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?

          Research IS...

          A process of locating, interpreting, and analyzing information in an effort to obtain evidence to support

          • an answer to a question
          • a solution to a problem


            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.


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