AT English: Literature

Students will learn to read challenging texts closely, critically, and creatively. They will produce readings together, exploring individual experiences, beautiful language, troubling questions, and collaborative creation. Community and empathy grow with this work.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

How do we make classic texts relevant? This question will be explored through long-term critical reading and creative remix projects based on the Columbia Teachers College Literacy Unbound program where students will respond to a canonical text through individual and collaborative creative works, culminating in performance.

Course Details

Anne-Marie Russell

"You should take this course if you’re interested in challenging yourself as a reader and engaging deeply with texts; you’re open to reading creatively, flexibly, and actively as part of a community; and if you’re willing to work with others and share what you create."

AT English: Literature

ID: 41047 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: English
Prerequisite: Any English AP/AT course; or Semester I grade of B or higher in an 11th-grade English course; or Semester I grade of B+ or higher in English 10/ American Studies. Students with a Semester I grade of B in English 10/American Studies may seek an override which requires approval from current English teacher, counselor, and English department chair. Note: Students who have taken AP English: Literature are eligible to take this course. Students who have signed up will be required to submit a short video prior to the fall semester in order to remain in the course. See your English teacher for details. The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course.
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

AT English: Literature is for avid readers, interested in pursuing deeper and more creative ways to read. The course will build a critical reading community that discusses, questions, shares, and creates. There will be also be opportunities to makes choices and decisions about texts and assessments. The central question of the course is: How does engaging with a text through multiple modalities deepen understanding and relevance? Integral to the course are long-term reading and reinvention projects where students will respond to and reinvent a text through performance and other creative works. Students will also learn to interpret texts through conventional academic lenses; writing and revising to analyze, propose and reflect. The course has a demanding reading, writing and creating workload, and is meant for students who are interested in challenging literary texts combined with a cognitive mentorship approach in which the teacher learns and creates alongside the students as a member of the reading community.

What Our Teacher Says


The course has a rigorous reading and writing workload, and is meant for students who are interested in challenging and difficult readings combined with a cognitive mentorship approach in which the teacher learns alongside the students as a member of the community. In addition, empathy is at the core of this course. While students learn how to read deeply and make meaning from challenging texts, they are also becoming better people through art and collaboration.

Anne-Marie Russell, AT English: Literature Teacher

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations