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Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Prairie View High School

R. Gleichmann - Instructor

Course Syllabus






Poem based on family photograph- Aug 16


Oedipus Rex (p1426) and Antigone (p1469)- Aug.16


Related Poetry:

“The God Who Loves You”- Dennis

“Jocasta”- Eisenberg


Related Essays:

Study of Sophocles (p1418-1426)

“Aristotle on Tragic Character” (p1506)

 “Sigmund Freud’s Theory of the Oedipus Complex” (p1508)

 “Jocasta’s Secret”- Estep  (Lit. Essays and poems – LEaP)

“Antigone’s Flaw”- Lines  (LEaP)


 Oedipus or Antigone Project- Aug.30


Death of a Salesman (p1908)- Aug.30


Related Essays:                                          

 “Tragedy and the Common Man”- Miller (p1973)

“On Biff and Willy Loman” – Miller (p1976)

 From the Times “Arthur Miller” (LEaP)


Salesman Project- Sept. 3


Introduction to Poetry- Sept.7

“The Eagle”- Tennyson  (LEaP)

“Spring”- Shakespeare  (LEaP)

“Dulce et Decorum Est”- Owen  (LEaP)

“Anthem for a Doomed Youth”- Owen  (LEaP)

“The Parable of the Old Man and the Young”- Owen  (LEaP)

“There’s Been a Death in the Opposite House”-Dickinson  (LEaP)

“Taking Emily Dickinson’s Clothes Off’- Collins  (LEaP)

“Mirror”- Plath  (p912)

“Naming of Parts”- Reed  (p943)

“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner”- Jarrell  (832)


Related Essays:

“Sylvia Plath’s Trauma”- McCormick  (LEaP)

“Sylvia Plath’s Gangsta Rap Legacy”- Richards  (LEaP)

“Analysis of ‘Anthem for a Doomed Youth”  (LEaP)

 Notes on “Dulce Et Decorum Est”  (LEaP)

“Shell Shock During World War I”  (LEaP)


One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich- Sept. 13


Related Essays:

“Analysis of Ivan Denisovich”- Salisbury  (LEaP)

Solzhenitsyn Biographical Material   (LEaP)

Solzhenitsyn Autobiographical Material  (LEaP)

 Essay Topic and Critical Commentary – Schelle   (LEaP)

 Quotes from Joseph Stalin    (LEaP)



One Day in the Life of a PVHS Student- Sept. 20


Stalin Information- Sept. 23**


Canterbury Tales- “Prologue, Pardoner’s Tale, Wife of Bath’s Tale”- Sept.27


Related Essays:

“The Murder of Thomas Becket”   (LEaP)

“A Brief Chronology of Chaucer’s Life and Times”   (LEaP)

“Chaucer’s Tomb in Westminster Abbey”   (LEaP)


John Donne’s poetry- Oct.4

“Death Be Not Proud”  (p1058)

“A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”  (916)

“Batter My Heart”   (LEaP)


Related Essays:

Combining the Elements of Poetry: A Writing Process  (p1056-1066)

“The Circle of Souls”  (LEaP)

 “John Donne and Metaphor”   (LEaP)

“John Donne and His Followers”  (LEaP)

“Notes from a Small Curate- ‘Batter My Heart’’- Davies  (LEaP)

“John Donne’s Metaphysical Poetry”   (LEaP)


Research Essay based on Medieval History- Oct.11


Presentations of Research Essays Begin- Oct 11**



Candide- Oct. 18


Related Poetry:

“Voltaire at Ferney”- Auden   (LEaP)

“Pangloss’ Song”- Wilbur   (LEaP or

“Poem on the Lisbon Disaster”- Voltaire   (LEaP)


Related Essays:

“Voltaire: Author and Philosopher”   (LEaP)

“Voltaire Quotes”   (LEaP)


Group Map Project- Oct .25


A Picaresque Tour- Oct. 25**


Araby” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” (LEaP) – Oct. 25


Gulliver’s Travels- Nov. 8


Related Essays:

“Jonathan Swift’s Religious Beliefs”  (LEaP)

Biography of Jonathan Swift  (LEaP)

“Gulliver’s Travels: An Introduction”   (LEaP)

Swift’s Attitude toward Science and Technology   (LEaP)

“A Treatise on Good Manners and Breeding”- Swift   (LEaP)

Quotations of Jonathan Swift   (LEaP)

“A Modest Proposal” – Swift   (LEaP)


The Modern Gulliver Project- Nov. 15


Brave New World- Nov 22


Related Essays:

Dystopias: Categorization   (LEaP)

Con: Anti-Cloning Research   (LEaP)

Pro: Cloning Supporters   (LEaP)

“Aldous Huxley: The Author and His Times”   (LEaP)


The Great Debate- Nov. 29**


1984- Dec.6


Related Poetry:

“Cockroach” –Sexton   (LEaP)


Related Essays:

“George Orwell Says, ‘Let the Meaning Choose the Word”   (LEaP)

 “The ‘Not Me’ Myth: Orwell and the Mind”- Singer   (LEaP)


The Creation of a Dystopia Project and Modern Dystopias- Dec. 15


Allusion Hunt – Dec.16



Invisible Man- Jan. 3


Related Poetry:

“The White Man’s Burden”- Kipling

“The Brown Man’s Burden” – Labouchere

“We Wear the Mask” – Dunbar


Related Essays:

“The Negro in Hollywood Films”- Jerome

“Shadows of an Invisible Man”- Coughlin

“Man Underground- Review of Invisible Man”- Bellow

“The Deep Pit: a Review of Invisible Man”- Brown

“Review of Invisible Man”- Howe


Observations of Invisibility- Jan. 10**


The Secret Sharer” (Norton Anthology)- Jan. 18


Young Goodman Brown” (p398)- Jan. 21


Goodman Brown Board Game- Jan.24




Hamlet-   (1589)   Jan. 22




Related Poetry:

“King Claudius”- Keeley and Savidis

“Dead Letters”- Manley

“Elizabethan Tragedy: A Footnote”- Moss

“Hamlet’s Cat”- author unknown

“Oor Hamlet”- McNaughton

“Father and Son”- Kunitz

“Hamlet” – Vinokurov

“He Lugs the Guts Into the Other Room”- Taylor

“Ophelia”- Rimbaud


Related Essays:

“Everything and Nothing”- Borges

“The Serpent Now Wears His Crown: A Typological Reading of Hamlet”- Leithart

“Background Information”- Friedlander

“Hamlet”- Hazlitt

“Tragedy and the Mind of the Infant”- Jones

“The Embassy of Death”- Knight

“Poison and Paints: Imagery in Hamlet”

“Hamlet’s Conundrums”

“Now Mother, What’s the Matter?”


Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Metrics- Jan. 29

“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds”

“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun”

“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”

“That Time of Year Thou Mayst in me Behold”


Hamlet Project- Feb. 2


The Kite Runner – Feb. 5


Related Poetry:

“Who Makes These Changes” –Rumi

“Sometimes I Forget Completely”- Rumi

“Love of a Nation” – Durriani

“Bitter Fruit Falling Upon the Earth”- Khalili


Related Essays:

“Introduction to the Kite Runner”

“Following Amir: A Trip to Afghanistan in Which Life Imitates Art”- Hosseini

“Pulled by the Past: An Immigrant Returns to Kabul”- Kipen

“Language and Literature pf Afghanistan”

 Biographical Information of Hosseini

“The Land Hazarajat”


Kite Runner project- Feb.9


Romantic Poets- Feb. 12

“When We Two Parted”- Byron

“She Walks in Beauty”- Byron

“The World is Too Much With Us”- Wordsworth

“London, 1802”- Wordsworth


“The Lamb”- Blake

“The Tiger” Blake

“Kubla Khan”- Coleridge

“Bright Star”- Keats

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci”- Keats

“When I Have Fears”- Keats

“On Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”- Keats


Related Essays:

“Percy Bysshe Shelley- biographical materials”

“Samuel Taylor Coleridge- biographical materials”

“William Wordsworth- biographical materials”

“The Byron Complex”

“Keats’ Final Journey”

“Keats’ Living Hand”

 Friedlander’s Analysis of “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”


Wuthering Heights- Feb. 26


Related Poetry:

“Remembrance” – Bronte


Related Essays:

“Emily Bronte- biography”

“Haworth- in West Yorkshire’s Bronte Country”

“The Magnanimity of Wuthering Heights”- Oates

“The Imp of Satan: the Vampire Archetype in Wuthering Heights”- Snider

“Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories”- Gates

“The Psychology of Loneliness in Wuthering Heights”- Levy

“Finding the Truth of the Bronte Industry”

 Selections From What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew- Poole


Wuthering Heights Video or Slide Show- March 2


Victorian Poets- March 5

“My Last Duchess”-Browning

“Porphyria’s Lover”-Browning

“Fern Hill”-Thomas

“Sailing to Byzantium”-Yeats

“Dover Beach” –Arnold

“Channel Firing”- Hardy

“Crossing the Bar”- Tennyson

“How Do I Love Thee”- Barrett Browning


“Terence, This is Stupid Stuff”-Housman


Related Essays:

“Browning’s Portrait of a Renaissance Man”-Allingham

“Applying Modern Critical Theory to ‘My Last Duchess’”- Allingham

“Arnold’s ‘Dover Beach’”

 Biographical Material on Matthew Arnold

“Byzantium in the Imagination of William Butler Yeats

“The Silent Listener- Browning”

 Analysis of “Musee De Beaux Arts”


Pride and Prejudice- March 12


Related Essays:

 Analysis of Certain Words and Phrases in Pride and Prejudice

“Jane Austen: Author, Sister and Hopeless Romantic”

“Manners and Courtesies in the Time of Jane Austen”

“The Calling Card”

“Party/Ballroom Etiquette”

“The Fan”

“Newman on the Gentleman”- Landow

“A Memoir of Jane Austen by her Nephew”

“Criticisms and Interpretations of Pride and Prejudice”


Pride and Prejudice Etiquette Lessons- March 15


Hedda Gabler-  March 26


Related Essays:

“Henrik Ibsen: biographical information”

“What Critics Have Said About Hedda Gabler”

“Analysis of Hedda Gabler”

“Women and Power in Henrik Ibsen and Adrienne Rich”- Walkington

“Hedda Gabler: General Information”

“Hedda Gabler: Psychoanalysis and the Space of the Play”- Hand





Macbeth- April 16


Related Poetry:

Rewritten version of “Tomorrow and Tomorrow”- Davenant


Related Essays:

“To Strut and Fret Upon the Stage: Theatrical Interpretation of Sources of Macbeth”

“Angels and Ministers of Grace: Theatrical Superstitions Through the Ages”-  McDermott

“Macbeth: An Examination of the Ramifications of History and Poetic License”- Metz

“What Exactly Was the Gunpowder Plot?”

“Scotland’s Past- 1040-1057”

“Enjoying Macbeth”- Friedlander


Macbeth Psychology Project- April 20


Modern Poets- April 23

“In Just”- Cummings

“To an Athlete Dying Young”-Housman

“Church Going”-Larkin

“Living in Sin”-Rich

“Storm Warnings”-Rich

“The Unknown Citizen”- Auden

“The Goose Fish”-Nemerov

“The Vacuum”- Nemerov

“The Lifeguard”-Dickey

“After Apple Picking”-Frost

“Ars Poetica”-MacLeish

“The Snow Man”-Stevens

“America”- McKay

“First Fight. The Fiddle”- Brooks

“Africa”- Angelou

“Musee de Beaux Arts”- Auden

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”


Related Essays:

“T.S. Eliot- ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’”


The Stranger and No Exit- April 30


Related Essays:

 Woody Allen’s Version of Existentialism

“A Stranger No Longer”-Jones

“The Myth of Sisyphus”- Camus

“Preface to The Stranger”- Camus

“Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel That Ended It”-Aronson

 Albert Camus- biography

“Analysis of The Stranger”- Delahoyde

“Report on Resistentialism”- Jennings

“The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook”- Smith

“Sartre- No Exit”- Delahoyde

“Sartre and the Theatre of Questions”- Poklemba

“Existentialism is a Humanism”- lecture by Sartre


AP EXAM- May 10- morning session


The Metamorphosis- After the AP Exam- Creative Projects**


 Projects are listed in italics, and the ones that have asterisks next to them indicate that everyone will participate.  If a project does not have an asterisk next to it, then it is open to bid by study groups.  A project sheet will accompany this syllabus.


In addition, every nine weeks, students will be expected to read an additional book for a supplementary grade.  A list will accompany this syllabus.  Students may opt to read more than one book for an extra credit grade.  There is no supplement for the fourth nine-week period.


This syllabus must, by necessity, be flexible.  Dates occasionally may change because of holidays, interruptions in the schedule, or because not enough time was accorded these projects and book or poetry discussions.  Please be patient and understand that it is hard to predict exactly how much time is needed for each project and discussion.




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