Political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau born

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Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” first performed

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Charles Dickens’s classic story “A Christmas Carol” published

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Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

Mural depicting Tradition in the Literature series by George R. Barse

Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

The selections within this listing represent frequently taught authors and texts in AP English Literature and Composition.

Detail of an Ancient Greek Kylix

Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.

EDSITEment and Common Core: A Raisin in the Sun

TO BRING THIS PRESENTATION "INTO FOCUS," and start the presentation: click on the forward arrow at the bottom of the Prezi window.

Susan Glaspell, American playwright, born

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Ben Jonson, English poet and dramatist, born

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  • Vengeful Verbs in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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    Hamlet and his father's ghost

    Expose middle school students to a first taste of Shakespeare from the angle of the ghost story and launch into the subject of verbs. In this lesson, they learn how Shakespeare uses verbs to move the action of the play. Students then distinguish generic verbs from vivid verbs by working with selected lines in Hamlet’s Ghost scene. Finally they test their knowledge of verbs through a crossword interactive puzzle.