• Here are some key documents for the class.
    Syllabus and Management Plan

    Mr. Kennedy

    AP English

    A.P. English Literature


    Our text is – Literature; An Introduction to Reading and Writing.  Roberts, Edgar V. and Henry Jacobs.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, Sixth Edition, 2001.

    Page numbers provided refer to this text.


    September.  Getting immersed in the material-What are AP habits of mind like?  Establishing an introduction that creates a context of standards.  Skill developed-synthesizing understanding of complex literature quickly in timed in-class essays for both of the key works during the month.


                            Langston Hughes poems.

                            Robert Hayden’s Winter Sundays                   



                            Staging exercise of final scene.

                            “Destruction of Sennachrib” 1132.

                            “She Walks in Beauty”

                            “Belle Dame Sans Merci” 954.


                            Assorted Romantic Poets to supplement.


    October.  Refining and Setting targets. 

    Archetypes of myth.  Hero’s journey.  Difference between paraphrasing and commentary.  Learning to analyze.  What is the test about?  Skill developed-students will develop the ability to hunt for allusions in order to more richly appreciate what they encounter.

    Museum visit.

    Once upon a time exercise with class presentations on myth.

    Literary term test.

    Opera section from “Philadelphia.” To teach trancendance.

                            Barn Burning 190.

                Excerpt from Long Way Down

     “Schoolsville” 663.

     “Ode to Grecian Urn” 1018.

    “Musee de Beaux Artes” 986.

    “Siren Song” 977.

    Section 976.

    Section 985.

    Section 995.

                Young Goodman Brown 436.



    November.  Questions of identity- Where do I fit?

    How to analyze fiction. Skill development- students will answer key thematic questions from HoD on their own and develop original perspectives on the novel and will present these opinions in an in class essay.

                Heart of Darkness.

                “Secret Sharer.”          

                            Waste Land.”

                            “Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.” 1147.

                            “Supermarket in California” 913.

                            “Sailing to Byzantium” 960.

                                        Story of an Hour 393.

                                                    “Apocalypse Now.”

    December.  Shakespeare.  How are power structures presented in Shakespeare?

                “Tempest”   Skill development- students will find trends and patterns in Shakespeare’s plays as revealed through their group presentations.

                            Students assigned to group and present on one of the following plays:

                                        “Merchant of Venice.”

                                        “Twelfth Night.”

                                        “King Lear.”

                                        “Richard III.”


    January.  Victorian Novel.  Are things really the way they appear?  The divine versus the

                scary- orderly v. chaotic.  Skill development- Students will learn to reconcile ambiguity in a complex work and this will be revealed in an in-class essay.


                                        “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.”

                                        “God’s Grandeur” 863.

                                        “Ode to West Wind” 877.

                                        London 1802” 799.

                                        “Tables Turned” 1055.

                                                    Students assigned to group and present on one of the

                                                    Following novels:

                                                                Wuthering Heights.

                                                                Jane Eyre.

                                                                Hard Times.

                                                                Tess d’Urberville.

    -End of Semester.


    February.  Focus on Poetry.  How do I analyze poetry?  Skill development- Students will competently display the basic elements of poetic analysis through both a objective multiple choice test and an in-class AP sample essay on poetry.

                            “Could Not Stop” 671.

                            “Stopping in Woods” 673.

                            “Bright Star” exercise.

                            Sonnet in Pocket exercise.

                            Voices exercise.

                            Focus on Metaphysical and Romantics.

                A                     Herrick- Pretty Baby 664

                                                    Julia’s Voice 863

                                                    To Virgin 1016

                                        Herbert- Pulley 761

                                                    Virtue 916

                                        Donne-Sonnet 14 731

                                                    Valediction  784

                                                    Sun Rising  860

                                                    Cannonization 946

                                                    Death Be Not Proud  1145

                                        In-class essay “Blackberry Picking.”


                B                      Keats- Chapman’s Homer  777

                                                    Belle Dame  954

                                                    Bright Star  779

                                                    Grecian Urn  1018

                                                    Autumn  788

                                                    Nightingale  919

                                        Shelley- West Wind  919

                                                    Ozymandius  925

                                        Hopkins- Pied Beauty  1165

                                        E. B. Browning- If Thou Must Love Me- 755

                                        In-class writing “Preludes.”


                C                     Shakespeare-Sonnet 55  679

                                                                #130  767

                                                                #18  795

                                                                #30  795

                                                                #73  877


                                                                #29  1197

    March.  …Please don’t let me be misunderstood.  What are some of the questions of

                Modernism?  Students will be able display how the structure of a literary work reinforces thematic impact through their group presentations.

                            Mrs. Dalloway

                                        “Araby” 495.

                                        “Paul’s Case” 190.

                                        “Yellow Wallpaper” 617.

                                        “First Confession” 360.

                                        “Next Please” Phillip Larkin poem 1021

                                                    Students assigned and present on one of the following


                                                                Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

                                                                Wise Blood.

                                                                Sound and Fury.



    April. What are some of the questions of alienation found in literature?  Refined prep for test.  Skill development- Students will be confident of their array of literary analysis skills and they will display this confidence by performing will on mock tests and review exercises.

                            “Glass Menagerie” 1703.

                            “Death of a Salesman” 1454.

                                        Shopping 216.

                                                    “Richard Cory” 737.

                                                    “Purse Seiner” 953.

                                                    “Second Coming” 961.


    May.  Thursday, May 9, 2013- The test.  Decompression week.  Postmodern World.  How do you look for answers while constantly examining the questions?  Skill development- students will be able to independently display the culmination of their literary analysis skills through the test and the postmodern project.

    Exercise comparing postmodern qualities of novel and film.  Students will choose from the following novels and put together a project that evaluates how each genre presents postmodern traits :

                Slaughterhouse Five.

                History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters.

                White Noise.

                Book of Daniel.

                Kiss of the Spider Woman

                French Lieutenant’s Woman.

                Satanic Verses.

                Cloud Atlas.

                Specimen Days.


    And from the following list of films:


                Shakespeare in Love.

                Run Lola, Run.


                Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.



     Management plan

    Mr. Kennedy

    A.P. English

    Management Plan


    Advance Placement English is a comprehensive literature course taught at the college level for academically talented and motivated high school seniors.  In this case, motivation is more important than talent.  This class is not for the faint hearted, and you need to pass English to graduate.  You also need at least a C in order to keep your options open for University of California admittance.  If your are in this class because you have always taken honors, but you know in your soul that you do not want to work very hard this year be warned this class requires reading, thinking, writing and discussion.  There are quizzes to keep you honest; and class discussion to allow you to share your ideas.  You need to be in class to share those ideas, so make sure you are punctual.

    The instructional goals of this class are as follows;

    o       To enable student to independently analyze novels, poems, short stories and dramatic works.

    o       To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a stylistic analysis of a prose passage.

    o       To enable students to write effective critical analysis and successfully complete timed writings on impromptu subjects.

    o       To enable students to see literature as and extension of human thinking and history and to react to literature from both a personal as well as an objective, analytical perspective.


    To accomplish these goals and enhance chances of success on the A.P. test in the spring, you will:

    o       Read a variety of novels and plays.

    o       Study poetry and drama.

    o       Learn and review concepts of literature as they apply to your analysis.

    o       Study concepts and structure in language.

    o       Explore philosophies that form the basis for meanings inherent in literature.

    o       Learn how to decide what the author really means to say and then be able to explore the way he or she says it and the tools employed to effectively make that point.

    o       Write dozens of in-class essays.

    o       Read the textbook and expect quizzes and tests.


    Quizzes are not available for make-up.  If there is a serious illness we can talk, but in short, be in class on time. Tests may be made up within one week of an absence.


    Homework needs to be submitted punctually. Late assignments are not accepted.  Students with an excused absence have as many days as they were absent to make up the tardy work.  It is the student’s responsibility to submit the work and get credit.


    Grades are on a point scale. 90-100 is and A, 80-89 is a B, 70-79 is a C, 60-69 is a D and less than 60 fails.  I do not expect to offer extra credit more than once a semester.  Learn to take responsibility for your grades and actions.


    Quick feedback on work is an important part of student learning as a result I aim to get assignments back within a week of when it was submitted.


    I expect students to adhere to the honesty code as it is defined by the school in the student handbook.


    Students need to arrive in class each day with paper, pen and the necessary text.


    I expect students to behave in a responsible manner and specific behaviors are listed on a separate document distributed to students.


    Students need to be in class to learn so as a result I adhere to the school-wide policy on attendance.


    The A.P. exam is an integral part of the class.  Students not sitting for the exam will complete a 10-15 page assignment due on the same day as the test in order to compensate for the growth associated with taking the test.


    If you have not done so already, now is the time to send for those college admission forms. College applications are due in two months, so please start the process now.


    Keep a list of phone numbers of classmates and check with them if you miss a day or get behind.  You are responsible for knowing what is going on in class.  If you miss a writing or a test it is up to you to arrange to make it up.  See me for make-up work; I will not come looking for you.


    Keep in mind that your grade on the AP test is not always a measure of your grade in this class.  You may fly through the test because of your innate genius, but if I do not see that genius in class your grade will reflect the student I see.


    The anthology for this class is Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, edited by Roberts and Jacobs, published by Prentice Hall.  It is an invaluable tool for the exam.  You may also wish to invest in the Princeton Review’s guide to passing the AP English Literature exam.


    You may e-mail me at tkennedy@losal.com.   Our class blog may be found at http://apkennedy.blogspot.com/  I also post upcoming assignments at my website connected to the school site. (https://www.losal.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1379)

    My conference period is sixth from 1:30-2:30 (This is a good opportunity to arrange writing conferences for those of you in a sport or without a sixth period.

    My school phone number is 562-799-4780 ext. 82702.