The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course is similar in nature to an introductory college-level course in literature. Literary works are studies in their historical context and in relation to students' lives and experiences. Representative works from various genres and periods are studied. Writing is an integral part of the Advanced Placement English course. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and an appreciation of literary artistry and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Taking the college level advanced placement exam is a course requirement. There is summer work for this course.