AP English Literature and Composition

Teacher: Margaret Shuman
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Departments: Advanced Placement, Language Arts
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Grades: 10-12, 9 with instructor approval


One core credit; DOE course code: 23.06500


One weekly class with two 90-min sessions


Prerequisites: At least a B in two previous high-school level English classes


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*; 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.


Tuition:  Sept-May, $90 per month


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.


Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time. See current teaching schedule at MargaretShuman.com.

Find more information at www.MargaretShuman.com.