Ap Literature And Composition : My Freshman And Sophomore Year

1180 Words May 19th, 2016 null Page
Several weeks ago as I was working on a scholarship essay I came across a research paper I had written in my sophomore year of high school. Attributing the word “horrific” to that paper on the Sacco-Venzetti case would be putting it too nicely. Mrs. Cross would have had a heart attack--- there were no transitional phrases, quotations that started paragraphs, and an extreme lack of analysis. Upon entering AP Literature and Composition, I felt well prepared due to my venture through AP Language and Composition in Mr. Lunardi’s class. AP Lang greatly improved my writing and analytical skills opposed to the atrocious papers I considered “writing” my freshman and sophomore year. However, after I have almost gone through the whole AP Literature and Composition course, I can tell a significant increase in those skills just from the beginning of senior year to now, a month away from graduation. While reading has never been a hobby of mine, my journey through AP Lit has enabled me to better appreciate and understand text as well as allowed me to further analyze and consider the underlying meaning of a novel. Perhaps the most daunting reading assignment I had to undertake was reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man over summer vacation. The task proved to be very meticulous as I tried to make sure to analyze every phrase possible. Granted, it was probably not in my best interest to put off doing the assignment six days before class begun. Still, I did not fully understand the novel…

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