AP English Literature Websites
An Internet Hotlist on AP Lit. Websites
created by Mary Filak
| Taking the Exam
| Of General Interest
| Help with Specific Works
| Rubrics, Games, Grammar, Web tools
| Teacher Web Pages, AP Lit. Syllabi
To help you get started on your AP English Lit. planning, I have combined resources with Conni Shelnut, Marti Nelson and other members of the apenglish listserv community to provide a Hotlist of websites that may be useful to AP English Literature teachers. The links below will get you started but are by no means the only useful sites. If you have or find others that are useful, please forward them to me, and I will be glad to update the list. Happy browsing! This site was last updated 5/3/12.
The Internet Resources
Taking the Exam
- AP Credit Policy Information - Students should check this site to see what AP Exam scores are required in what subject areas to receive credit at various colleges. A very comprehensive site worth sharing with students junior year or before applying to colleges senior year.
- AP Literature: Titles from Free Response Questions since 1973 - Posted and updated by Norma Wilkerson, works are listed alphatecially with the years in which the work was suggested on the open question.
- Applied Practice Units - Although pricey, these units replicate exam style questions and come with an answer key and explanations. Watch for annual sales. The units contain both m.c. and essay style formats.
- Exam Score Calculator - AP Pass offers a way to calculate a score using the new scoring method employed by ETS. Just plug in m.c., three essay scores and it calculates the final score for you.
- Miss Effie's AP Site - This site has downloadable lists of works used, questions on past exams as well as a wealth of information useful to both AP teachers and students. There are units on specific works as well.
- The Broken Heart essays - Sample student essays from Florida Virtual School
- The Ten Commandments of AP English Literature - A Prezi presentation from Martin Beller and some of his AP colleagues with apt advise for students.
- What AP Readers Want to See - The site contains advice from exam readers. Scroll through tone words (also helpful) to reach this document.
Of General Interest
- Close Reading Video - From The Teaching Channel, a video of students in discussion after close reading We should all have these students!
- Edsitement - Government page with many links helpful to language arts teachers. Currently Great Gatsby lessons as well as close reading exercises and other valuable materials.
- How to Annotate a Text - Instructions and example from the Bucks County School District
- Internet Literary Criticism - 'The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.'
- Introduction to Literary Theory - A PowerPoint explaining multiple critical perspectives
- Jeopardy Template - To create your own review game before the exam
- Learnerator - Contains many interactive quizzes on the close reading of literature focused on the AP level including drama, poetry and prose
- Lit2go - A site with lots of free literature to download or listen to as MP3 including whole texts of novels, plays and a readabilty score for each selection
- Literature Circle Roles - Literature Circle PDF with printable roles
- Litote Cartoons and Comics - Visual reinforcement of the concept of litote
- Materials and Lessons for Teaching AP Lit. & Comp. - Created by Megan Pankiewicz
- Short Passages for Rhetorical Analysis - 117 articles with short passages for analysis as well as grammar and composition tips
- Socratic Seminar Guidelines - Comprehensive instructions on writing questions for seminars and guidelines for students during seminars
- Style Analysis Sheet - Courtesy of Jim Burke's English Companion
- Symbolism Dictionary - Locate an entry by clicking the letter it begins with. A searchable index of all entries is also available, as well as an alphabetical listing of all entries.
- Teaching Literature - Categories include poetry, Brit. lit., multicultural, critical lenses and lesson plans/syllabi. Links will take you to chapter activities, further reading, web links and literary texts.
- Teaching Satire - Using literature and art to teach satire
- The Importance of Tone - A College Board publication containing many stimulating articles by consultants in Lit. Originally issued 2006-2007
- The VocabularyReview/Language Links - List of links to vocabulary, word play, puzzles and the 'The Apostrophe Protection Society'
- Virtual Salt Literary Terms - A comprehensive glossary of literary terms by Richard Harris
- Voice of the Shuttle - A wealth of liberal arts resources
- Weird Al: Word Crimes - OK, even English teachers need a little levity, and what better source than Weird Al Yankovic rapping about grammar?
Help with Specific Works
- 'The Black Walnut Tree' Q1 2013 - A short explication of Oliver's poem
- "The Centaur" illustration - An illustrated children's version of Swenson's "The Centaur"
- Edsitement Lesson Plans for AILD - Five lesson plans
- Faulkner Internet Sources - List of Internet sources for Faulkner
- Faulkner on the Web - Library, plot synopses, movie connections and much more
- Faulkner: The First Hundred Years - An exhibition from the University of Michigan Special Collections. Click download on right side of screen
- Faux Faulkner - Contest for immitating Faulkner's style
- How to Read Literature Like a College Professor - From Jennifer Martin comes the complete(?)text and a study guide for the text.
- Links to Literature in DiYanni Text - Even if you don't use Robert DiYanni's text, Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry and Drama, you may find the links to specific works in this comprehensive anthology helpful.
- Literature on the Web - Hyper-Concordance for the works of the Brontes, Austen and other Victorian writers as well as works by British, American and Irish authors of other periods
- Name Significance in As I Lay Dying - 'What's in a Name? Etymology and As I Lay Dying by Faye Friesen and Charles Peek'
- PowerPoints for Literature - PowerPoints on Shakespeare and other literary subjects at bottom of page
- Teaching Faulkner - Five critical essays on As I Lay Dying plus other essays on various Faulkner novels and short stories
- The Black Walnut Tree by Mary Oliver - This Q1 poem for 2013 is not available on apcentral due to copyright issues but is on this site complete with a picture of a black walnut.
- The Cambridge History of English and American Literature - 'The Cambridge History of English and American Literature An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.'
- The Chimney Sweeper - Analysis of Blake's two poems entitles 'The Chimney Sweeper' includes a reading by Robert Pinsky. These two poems were the 2005 poetry question.
- Thou Blind Man's Mark - A 'country/hill billy' rendition accompanied by guitar of the 2012 poetry selection. You'll never read it the same way again.
- How to Explicate a Poem - Step-by-step instructions on understanding a poem
- Poetry Archives - A collection of classical poems searchable by author, title or first line
- Sonnet Central - 'An archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work.' This site sponsors new poetry and has a searchable data base of famous and not-so-famous sonnets.
- The Poet Speaks of Art - Originally from Harry Rusche of Emory University, the site pairs works of art with poems written in response to the specific paintings, a type of poetry called Ekphrasis.
Rubrics, Games, Grammar, Web tools
- Character Facebook Project - Five templates for a Facebook projects
- Dante's Inferno & Infernal Grammar - This site uses The Inferno to teach grammar. In this case grammar IS hell.
- Grammar Bytes - There's no ignoring this 500 lb. gorilla. There are terms, handouts, exercises and more.
- Guide to Grammar - Comprehensive grammar explanations and interactive quizzes
- Nicenet - A place to share files,conference, post assignments and create classroom Internet activities
- Owl at Purdue - Owl offers all things MLA and grammar. It's a very comprehensive explanation in clear terms of grammar rules.
- Rubrics - Another create-your-own-or-use-ours site
- Template My Lit. Space - Template for an Internet Lit. Space project courtesy of Broward County, FL.
- The Awesome Library of Grammar and Usage - Lots of grammar help and a link to 'The Language LIVE Home for Abused Apostrophes'
- Vocabulary puzzles, games - 'Separated into 3 levels of difficulty, these free interactive vocabulary puzzle and activity sessions use Latin and Greek 'roots and cells' to help decode words.'
- WebQuest Construction - This site, hosted by San Diego State, was created by Bernie Dodge, a pioneer in WebQuest design. There are samples and a template for building these Internet activities.
- Wikispace - A free public space to create web pages for the teacher or for a class to use for projects
- del.icio.us - A no-frills space for 'social bookmarking' where you can share links
Teacher Web Pages, AP Lit. Syllabi
- 'The Still Side of Garner High' - Ronald Still's AP Lit. syllabus, lesson plans and links for specific AP works
- Dawn Hogue's AP English Literature - A website with syllabi, summer reading and a section for AP teachers
- Jennifer Martin's Homepage - Access various AP Lit. areas including poetry, Grendel, Frankenstein and The Importance of Being Earnest.
- Most frequently used title for Q3 - From Jim Burke's links, yet another version of the most popular titles for Q3 on the exam.
- Mr. Pogreba's AP Lit. Syllabus - Scroll the menu to AP IV.
- Mrs. Renneisen's Syllabus - Detailed thematic approach
- On-Line Syllabus - An on-line course
- Resources for Language Arts Teachers - Cindy Adams'comprehensive list of contact information and summaries of what is offered by numerous publishing companies who create study guide materials is worth perusing.
- Study Guide.org - Cindy Adams' comprehensive site for teachers. Her Socratic Seminar page is especially helpful as are her directions for Poetry Circles.
- The Pathology Guy - Yes, Ed Friedlander is a pathologist and Chairman, Dept. of Pathology, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, but a doctor with keen insight into literature. Scroll the main page to 'literature' and find material on several Shakespeare plays, 'The Lady of Shalott,' Oedipus and Blake's poetry.
- Web English Teacher - The AP/IB page from Carla Beard lists many links for syllabi and other AP related pages. Annotation is explained at 'How to Mark a Book' site.
Content by Mary Filak, Shatzie2@aol.com
Last revised Sat May 16 13:15:55 US/Pacific 2015