This course is designed to meet the standards for AP English Language & Composition, as outlined in the most recent edition of the course description provided by The College Board.
This course teaches and requires students to write in several forms (argumentative, analytical, synthesis, expository, narrative, research) about a variety of subjects. Students will write both informally and formally, with formal writing passing through several stages or drafts and revision aided by the teacher and/or peer writing groups.
The course requires writing assignments that are based on readings that represent a wide variety of styles and genres, including nonfiction and fiction. Each reading is selected to give students opportunities to identify and explain an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques, as well as intended audience and purpose.
The course will teach research skills, such as the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources. All major papers will adhere to Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) editorial style.
In addition to written text, the course will teach students to analyze how graphics and visual images both relate to written texts and serve as alternative forms of text themselves.