Oral Commentary in AP Literature
By Giovannie Rodriguez
This week in Mr. Van Loon’s AP Literature and Composition class, students had to complete individual oral presentations based on poetry that we read in class this year. We also finished reading Brave New World this week. In doing this, we have been able to analyze and discuss some of the numerous qualities that make up different genres of literature, including poetry and prose.
For the individual oral commentary, students had to explain how the authors used a specific literary device to give meaning to the poems. To prepare, we each picked two poems that we have read in AP Literature this year and analyzed the literary devices present in each poem. Then, in class, we chose two random literary devices from an envelope (such as allegory and meter). After five minutes of preparation, each student had to present an individual oral commentary based on how one of those literary devices was used to achieve meaning in one of the poems that we chose.
Thanks to the expertise of my classmates, I learned many things about the poems that we read this year, and I learned how to analyze literature better.