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    7 Weeks
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    4–5 hours per week
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About this course

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This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. . This course will focus on great pieces of drama and how we read and interpret them. We will discuss the works of William Shakespeare and Edmond Rostand. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about literature and writing, this course is for you.

What you'll learn

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  • How to read and interpret great pieces of drama
  • Cultural and historical background of Shakespeare and Rostand
  • Academic writing skills
  • Test-taking strategies
Week 1: Introduction to Drama
Overview of form and vocabulary
How can we understand plays?
Week 2: Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Moonlight Magic
Why do we still read Shakespeare?
Week 3: Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Fairies: Puck and Oberon
What are some techniques for reading plays?
Week 4: Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac: The Man Behind the Nose
How do we come up with writing ideas?
Week 5: Rostand
Cyrano: Themes and Motifs
How can we refine our written ideas?
Week 6: Writing about Drama
Defending a thesis with evidence
How can you succeed on the AP exam?
Week 7: finish homework and grading

Meet your instructors

Maggie Sokolik
Director, College Writing Programs
University of California, Berkeley

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