Self- Guided Course Tours: Literature & Composition, 2nd Edition

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BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.

Each course contains short videos that review the AP Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are brief, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program.

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The only book designed specifically for the AP Literature and Composition course is back and even better. Organized thematically to put meaning first, Literature & Composition offers a wide variety of classic and current literature, plus all of the support students need to analyze and write about it—for assignments and on the AP Literature Exam.

The book is divided into two parts: instructional chapters that teach students the skills they need for success in an AP Literature course, and thematic chapters the let students explore amazing literature while honing their reading, writing, and analysis skills.


Instructional Opening Chapters Scaffold Key Skills for AP Success

  • Chapter 1. Literature as Conversation: The Active Reader explores the purpose of literary analysis, and introduces important close reading tools like annotation, reading journals, and think-aloud dialogs.
  • Chapter 2. The Big Picture: Analyzing Fiction and Drama focuses on important literary elements (e.g., character, setting, and theme) and includes instruction for writing the type of literary analysis required by the open question on the AP Literature Exam.
  • Chapter 3. Close Reading: Analyzing Passages of Fiction includes instruction for close analysis, connecting to meaning, and instruction in writing the type of essay required by Free Response Question #2 on the AP Literature Exam.
  • NEW! Chapter 4. Close Reading: Analyzing Poetry provides step-by-step support in the type of literary analysis that is often the hardest for students to master.

So often on the AP Literature Exam, students score poorly because they discuss stylistic and literary elements without connecting their analysis to meaning. Literature & Composition puts the “so what?” first, signaling to students that ideas are central, and that meaning is ultimately what studying literature is about. Putting ideas first gives students a chance to consider multiple texts on the same topic. It also means easier differentiation, as students can be given slightly easier or more challenging texts, while still being on the same topic. Each thematic chapter contains:

  • A Central Text of exceptional literary merit.
  • A Classic Text exposing students to the challenging diction and syntax often found on the AP Literature Exam.
  • NEW! A Texts in Context section exploring intriguing interpretations and insights into important works, such as Frankenstein and ethics, or Othello and critical lenses.
  • A collection of Fiction and Poetry—from literary classics to fresh new finds.
  • Two or three sets of Paired Poems to compare and contrast—a key AP Literature exam skill.
  • Close Reading sections focusing on building stylistic analysis skills.

Suggestions for Writing—from simulated AP Literature exam prompts, to longer essay assignments, projects, creative writing ideas, and more, these prompts give students all the practice they need to hone their writing skills.

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