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    Course Overview: One of two AP English courses, AP English Language & Composition focuses on rhetorical analysis of text, with an emphasis on nonfiction. Students will sharpen their logical reasoning and develop an evidence-centered approach to analytic and argumentative writing[1]. Although there will be some focus on American writers, the course will not follow the standard “American Literature” format used by many junior-level high school English classes, as students will read and write about literature from various periods and traditions. Skills-building is of primary concern, and students should expect to develop close-reading strategies to engage with complex texts with increasing depth and critical understanding. The AP English Language and Composition Exam can earn students up to six college-hour credits, but it is a challenging exam with very specific writing tasks, the free-response essays that are explained later in this document. Our work throughout the year endeavors to prepare students for these tasks, but in doing so students will build skills that will prove invaluable not only in academics but in fostering informed citizenship. 

    Course Objectives[1]

    • Become skilled readers of prose written from a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.

    • Become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes

    • Analyze prose for structure, use of rhetorical strategies, tone, diction, syntax, and through recognition “interactions among a writer’s purposes, reader expectations”[2].

    • Write organized, coherent, stylistic prose on a variety of topics for a variety of audiences and purposes.

    • Analyze graphics and visual images both in relation to written texts and as alternate forms of text themselves.

    • Conduct in-depth discussions using academic language.

    • Become adept researchers by developing ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

    • Develop critical-thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and meta-cognition.

    • Revise work to develop a wide-ranging vocabulary, a variety of sentence structures, logical organization, a balance of generalization and specific detail, and effective use of rhetoric.

    • Prepare for the AP exam through close-readings of text, multiple choice exams, and timed free-response essays.



    [1] adapted from the AP English Language and Composition Course Description, Fall 2014.

    [2] AP English Language and Composition Course Description, Fall 2014, p. 10.


    AP Language & Composition Resources: 
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