AP Language

  • AP Language

    Course Description 

    The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition learning experience is designed to be the equivalent to the introductory year of college rhetoric and composition course work, and to prepare students for the AP exam given in the spring. The specific goals are for students to read, analyze and interpret nonfiction writings regarding the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques, and to incorporate those effectively into their own writing.

    Course Materials


    The Language of Composition, 2nd Edition

     Anchor texts:  

    Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azir Nafisi

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 

    Maus by Art Spiegelman

     Linking texts:

    Selections from various periodicals, primary sources, online resources, and other nonfiction texts.           

    Course Requirements__________________________________________________________

    Students will be asked to complete academically challenging reading, writing, listening, researching and speaking assignments.  Homework will be assigned on a regular basis and will require students to manage multiple requirements simultaneously.  Nearly all reading will be completed outside of class.  Assessments on the readings may include reader responses, quizzes, discussions, presentations and essays. In addition to the class readings, students will complete quarterly independent reading projects tied to the AP Language test structure. Over the course of the entire school year, students will complete a thesis project that will involve an academic research paper and will culminate in a final presentation in May.

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