A P Literary Terms

This A P Literary Terms handout also includes:

Is a list of literary terms found frequently on AP English exams of value to test takers? Now there's a rhetorical question. Here's a list that provides definitions for everything from allegory to vernacular. To say the list is of value to AP test takers would be an understatement, and to miss out on the resource would be a tragedy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Near the beginning of the course (or at Halloween, perhaps) assign each class member a term and ask them to develop a costume and a two to three minute presentation that makes their term memorable
  • Divide the terms among groups, have the groups find examples in literary works, and add these examples to a document that can be shared with all class members
Classroom Considerations
  • The list is drawn from AP test questions
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The 11-page packet includes the definitions for over 140 literary terms individuals preparing for the AP English exams should know
  • Also included is a timeline of writing movements and information about these styles
  • While all the terms are defined, only a few include examples
Common Core