• Formal Literary Analysis Paper 
    Throughout the fall semester, you will research for, organize, and write a college level Literary Analysis Paper, both in and outside of class. I will introduce the paper formally in class the second day of school, but you should begin selecting a book to begin reading as soon as possible for this assignment. Your chosen book must be one of equal literary merit to those found in the lists on the Question 3 essay on the AP Literature and Composition exam, but it must not be a book assigned this year, or in previous years. Below I will provide a list of books that you may NOT use for this assignment, as well as a list of suggested books that you may use. Neither of these lists will be exhaustive, so if you are unsure if your book is something you can use, you should talk to me about it as soon as possible.
    Every AP Literature student must have a different book, so if you have a book in mind let me know what it is and claim it as soon as possible by entering it on the google sheet on Google Classroom. You must have selected a book and have it approved by me before the end of the school day on Monday August 20.
    Books you may NOT use for the the Literary Analysis Essay[1] (IMPORTANT: there are many other books that you may not use as well. These are the most commonly requested books that will not work for the assignment.) 

    The Awakening

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Crucible

    A Doll House

    The Glass Menagerie

    The Great Gatsby


    The Iliad

    In Cold Blood

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Lord of the Flies

    The Metamorphosis

    The Odyssey

    The Poisonwood Bible

    Romeo and Juliet

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    The Scarlet Letter

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Player Piano (Unless you are on the Literary Criticism UIL Team)

    Othello (Unless you are on the Literary Criticism UIL Team)

    Any work previously assigned in another class


    Also, YA works, as well as popular adult novels may not be used because they are not of equal literary merit[2]. Works such as:


    Harry Potter

    The Hunger Games



    Ender's Game

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Hobbit

    Game of Thrones

    The Kingkiller Chronicles

    Dan Brown books

    Nicholas Sparks books

    Ready Player One 



    [1]Works can be added to this list as needed.

    [2]I really like all the books from this list, so I highly suggest reading them for pleasure, but they won't work for this assignment.

    Books you may consider using (IMPORTANT: a book appearing on this list MAY NOT have available appropriate critical sources, making it unsuitable for the assignment. You must verify the availability of such articles before selecting a book to read, either from this list or not.) 
    I have attached below a PDF of books appearing on the AP Literature Exam Open Response Question from 1970 - 2017. Novels appearing on this list are certain to be of appropriate literary merit, but may not have the available resources to complete the assignment. Also, you obviously may not consider one of the books if it appears on the above "may not use" list. 
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    Literary Analysis Assignment Sheet and Rubric
    I have attached a copy of the Literary Analysis Assignment sheet for your reference below. I will give hard copies of this, as well as go over it in more detail during the second week of school. The same document can be found on Google Classroom.
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