Credits: 1
Term: On Demand

Successful completion of English I, II, & III. Student will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.

Note: It is the expectation of VTVLC that students take the Advanced Placement Exam (AP® Exam) to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students need to be approved by the department head by completing and returning this AP Course Recommendation Letter Form.

Course Description:



Develop critical standards for the appreciation of literary works and increase your sensitivity to literature as a shared experience. Participate in an AP upscale dining experience in the AP Literature and Composition course. Students act as food critics of exquisite literary cuisine. Menu items include reading, analyzing, writing, rewriting, and discussing creations by the master chefs, renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors’ narrative techniques, this dining experience equips students with recipes for success in college, in a career and the AP exam.

Topics & Concepts:

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Composition—analysis essay—comparison/ contrast or symbolism
  • Identification/ explanation of literary terms
  • Research—mythological and Biblical allusions
  • Identification of authors
  • Plagiarism
  • AP Exam expectations
  • Identification of poetic terms
  • Composition—AP® essay (diagnostic)
  • Heroism
  • Poetry Analysis—characterization
  • Comparison/ contrast—poetry and novel—imagery, alliteration
  • Poetry Analysis—theme, tone, mood, allusion, metaphor, allegory
  • Short Story Analysis—irony
  • Epic Poetry
  • Composition—resumes, analysis, comparison/ contrast, AP® essay, style emulation
  • Poetry Analysis—imagery, symbolism
  • Research Process
  • Short Story Analysis—diction, imagery, tone, mood, suspense
  • Short Story Analysis—plot, theme, setting, characterization, point of view
  • Characteristics of Romanticism
  • Concept of Bibliotherapy
  • Listening skills
  • Composition—college essay, analysis, letter to editor, AP® essay
  • Poetry Analysis—lyric poetry, odes, elegies, sonnets, iambic pentameter
  • Metaphysical poetry
  • Poetry Analysis—paradox, repetition, imagery, allusion
  • Short Story Analysis—comparison/ contrast, characterization, setting, theme, tone, mood, plot, point of view
  • Characteristics of Romanticism
  • Composition—AP® essay, literary analysis, creative writing, poetry rebuttal, persuasive letter writing, art connection
  • Novel analysis—theme, motif, setting, structure, social and psychological issues
  • Peer Editing


Segment 2:

  • Definition of family, “family values”
  • Poetry analysis—mood, tone, imagery, repetition, metaphor, simile, allusion, song lyrics
  • Novel analysis—social issues, theme, point of view
  • Research Skills
  • Composition—analysis of tone, definition, comparison/contrast, reader’s journal, personal reflective response, poetic response
  • Drama—Shakespeare—language, theme, syntax, characterization, soliloquy, tragedy, text and film, quotation analysis
  • Evaluation of Oral Presentation
  • Soliloquy recitation
  • Poetry analysis–odes
  • Composition—description, literary analysis, creative response, AP® essay
  • Poetry analysis—irony, imagery, personification, figurative language, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, alliteration, comparison/ contrast
  • Satire, elements of satire
  • Drama—comedy and farce, comedic devices
  • Composition—literary analysis, poetry analysis, AP® essay
  • Theme
  • Composition—Poetry Analysis—poetic elements—TOASTTT
  • Major Work: Students select novel or play for project
  • Composition—MLA Works Cited Page

Offerings and courses subject to change. Please refer to the VTVLC Student Information System as the most up-to-date resource of current offerings and required materials for courses.