AP Literature

  • Seminar-style environment, great discussions
  • High-interest plays and novels
  • Sharpened writing skills and boosted GPAs
Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition

Grades: 10-12, 9 with permission

DOE course code: 23.06500

One core credit

One weekly class with two 90-min periods

Prerequisites: At least a C 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 literature 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 analysis 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. Discussion, research, mapping, and analytical writing lead to drafts and revisions of essays and explications, and 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 summer reading can add extra credit and may cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day.

Texts: Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense (ISBN 0155511084) and classic literature such as Oedipus Rex*; Things Fall Apart; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Hamlet (Folger Edition); Doll's House*; Cry, the Beloved Country; The Plague; Death of a Salesman*. (*included in Perrine text) Instructor will provide handouts to be collected in student binders.

Want to visit a class? Please drop into any of Margaret's classes at any time.


  • Eastside - $80 per month, Sept-May
  • MAS - $90 per month, Sept-May

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.
May national AP test fee and books not included in price of class. Books may be acquired used or at a special group rate that instructor will arrange.

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