The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses in particular situations.
This course requires nonfiction readings (e.g., essays, journalism, political writing, science writing, nature writing, autobiographies/biographies, diaries, history, criticism) that give students opportunities to identify and explain an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.
This course focuses on effective reading and writing practices, emphasizing depth of knowledge over breadth. This is not a content-driven course. Students should come away from the course with intensive practice of literacy skills that they can apply to further reading and writing not just in AP Language but across all curriculums.
This course provides an opportunity for advanced high school students to pursue and receive credit for college-level course work. Accordingly, the rigors of the course are intended to be similar to that of introductory college-level rhetorical and composition courses.
An important goal of this course is to help prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition exam scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This course will teach students the expectation of the AP exam and will provide many opportunities to practice writing and reading in the exam format.
Students will meet every day during Semester 1 and every-other-day during Semester 2.