CGI AP Literature and Composition follows the school's curriculum for AP Lit approved by the college board.
Materials will be supplemented to provide students with the possibility of approaching the texts through a humanities or a philosophical approach.
The course is defaulted to the AP (HH) level, but students can contract down to the Honors level. The AP level consists of additional, enriching activities that deepen and reinforce a student's literary appreciation and reading skill. The HH level for the humanities and philosophy approaches consist of additional, enriching activities that broaden a student's awareness of the culture and ideas in which and through which texts are created. The AP Literature student's exposure to his or her peers' work in humanities and philosophy reinforces the student's appreciation of the text and gives greater context to his or her study of literary form, language, and subject.
The course is a writing-based course and uses the approach and materials accessible on the home page of Vitruvianman.

6 Sunday

Henry Max due by 5
7 Monday

Dan K
(Lily, Maia, Maya)

Henry Max

Elias and Finn Due by 5
9 Wed

(Dean, Jacob, Chase)

Elias Finn

Sam a due by 5
11 Friday

Sam A


Ben Dale Sam due by 5

(Boehlert, Grace, Kaya)

Ben Dale Sam B

Julia due by 5

Maya Anjali
(Dan, Iso)


6 Sunday
Due by 5pm

Grant SamV

Ben MaxW
8 Tues

(Abby, Izzy)

Grant SamV;

Ben MaxW
due by 5 pm


Ari David

Ryan, Moyse
10 Thur

(William, Lucas)


Ari David
11 Friday

Ryan, Moyse

due by 5 pm

Lily, Izzy, Saija
(Victoria, Alex S,

Lily, Izzy, Saija
Due by 5pm

Leah, Tessa, Julia
Alex H
(Basile, Laura, Cole, Josh)

Leah, Tessa, Julia

AP Test Preparation:
As with the other AP Lit sections, the CGI AP Lit course will work on test preparation throughout the year. All students will be preparing for the test whether at the AP level or Honors level.
The weekly task of doing close textual analysis of poems and short passages is designed as an exercise in developing student reading skills, quickening students' analytical skills, and providing direct discussion of the writing process. All students need these reading, analytical, and writing skills. It is also, obviously, direct preparation for the AP Lit test.
Through learning how to read closely and understand and appreciate how the writer uses language to achieve certain desired effects on the reader, students will be well prepared for reading in life, as well as the test.

All students will study the following texts (the Honors level).

CGI AP Lit Syllabus

Q1 The Republic, Plato. (Introduction to character, theme, form, and literary analysis, as well as philosophical concerns that directly apply to the students' preparations for We the People competition. We consider the nature of dialogue with respect to the content and the context of Classical Athens.)
Selected Short stories.
Close reading of poems.

Q2 The Iliad, Homer. (The ancient world's War and Peace, we study the origins of realism, epic, and tragedy, and enrich our understanding of character, theme, and form, especially through the use of mini-biographies and epic similes. We consider the proto-democratic features of Bronze Age Greece and the Archaic Athens purposes of reciting the epic.)
Selected Short stories.
Close reading of poems.

Q3-4 up to spring break. (From Romanticism to Post-Modernism, we study the development of Western Literature through reading important literary and philosophical texts.)
Selected novels, plays, and philosophy articles. Focus is on 19th-21st century.
Students lead presentations on these.

Q4 after spring break
Direct AP Prep, work on Concentration Projects and Presentations
Non-CIP interdisciplinary research project on democratic topic of your choice.

The Typical Week
Each block period will begin with reading and discussion of a poem or passage related to the unit of study.
Then we will discuss the reading homework: reading homework is always accompanied with writing, so written homework will be checked.
The block period will end with a workshop during which students will do one or some of the following: work on their concentrations, get feedback on drafts, or meet with the teacher.
Fridays students will discuss a short story they have read and written on.

Each week students will write an outline and a rough draft on a topic of their choosing from the week’s material; due on Monday.
Each student will be assigned a personal due date for a Final draft. The final drafts will be drawn from the weekly rough drafts. Students will get feedback on their outlines from the teacher, and on their rough drafts from their peers: first focusing on content, then addition feedback focusing on style. On the due date, each student will turn in a final draft and arrange for a conference. To prepare for the conference on the final draft the student will need to read the paper and mark it up with changes (at least 2 content and 2 style) made during the writing process that he or she would like to talk about. The student also needs to have rough drafts, feedback, and the scoring rubric, printed from

Additional work by Concentration

AP Lit

Through a one-on-one interaction with the teacher, students are walked through the composition of a 15 page college English Major paper. The intense program gives an excellent foundation for the AP test. Students will meet individually, as well as in the AP Lit group, to discuss their thesis texts and draft their paper.
Q1 Thesis text chosen; the text is read following student's individual schedule; journal entries document understanding. 5-10 pages.
Q2. 5 pages of personal analysis of the text. (Student condenses the journal into a focused paper); (December)
5 page bibliographic essay on articles found on Jstor relevant to the student's subject for the paper. (January)
Q3 5 pages of close reading of important page-long passages; student also leads presentation on course readings related to thesis themes. (February)
Student will lead presentations on texts with related themes; this is designed to make the student have a text for comparison for their thesis, by which the student can better see and understand the author's choices in the thesis text.
Q4 write thesis by revising and reassembling your 15 pages of writings.
Presentation of Paper to class. (5 minutes)

Summer Assignment

AP Lit Senior Thesis

Literary Terms Articles

Humanities Work Semester 1

Humanities Work for Semester 2

Philosophy Concentration Work Semester 1

Philosophy Concentration Work Semester 2

Plato's Republic

Four Paradigms of Philosophical Politics

CP Snow Article on Two Cultures

Compare and Contrast King and Thoreau
Martin Luther King, Jr: Letter from Birmingham Jail

Alabama Clergymen's Statement to King

Thoreau: Resistance to Civil Government

Short Stories

Homer's Iliad

Iliad articles

"The Art of Homer's Catalogue of Ships"

"Homeric Ate"

"Shield of Achilles"

Quarter 3 and 4 texts

AP Literature Presentations

Philosopy presentations

Articles on Reading


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