John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” published

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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.

  • Steinbeck’s Use of Nonfiction Sources in "The Grapes of Wrath"

    Created September 17, 2012
    Steinbeck image (women washing clothes)

    John Steinbeck’s use of nonfiction sources in writing The Grapes of Wrath is examined to illustrate how they affect the reader’s perception of a novel.

    William Golding, English author, born

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    September 19, 1911
    J. Keppler, “’Mark Twain,’ America's best humorist”

    American Literature Lessons — Nineteenth Century

    Through this collection of over 30 lessons, students can explore the great American authors of the 1800s, including Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain.

    “A Wrinkle in Time” published

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    January 28, 1962

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  • Planilla de aprendizaje para el estudiante: Esperanza renace de Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Created July 26, 2012
  • Esperanza renace: Aprendiendo a no temer el comenzar de nuevo

    Created July 25, 2012
    Esperanza image

    En este plan de clase los estudiantes explorarán algunos de los contrastes a los que Esperanza se enfrenta cuando debe abandonar su cómoda vida como hija consentida de terrateniente poderoso, siempre rodeada de familia y de sirvientes, para convertirse en una sirvienta junto con los demás obreros agrícolas emigrantes. Este plan de clase también estudiará el trasfondo de la historia, considerando su marco histórico, social y cultural para descubrir los grandes contrastes y contradicciones que Esperanza descubre al llegar a los Estados Unidos. Y, finalmente, este plan de clase invitará a los estudiantes a prestar atención a algunos de los cambios a los que Esperanza se tiene que enfrentar para convertirse, tras ser una niña privilegiada y mimada, en una jovencita responsable y emprendedora.