AP Language and Composition Syllabus      



    Each six weeks will include AP multiple-choice exams, warm-up work, grammar practice, quotation collection/responding, reading quizzes, writing, and independent reading. I use a multi-genre approach to units and you will read a variety of related works: poems, short stories, speeches, essays, letters, editorials, cartoons, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, etc.

    Course Philosophy

    An AP course in English Language and Composition engages you in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. You will also become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

    Course Objectives

    Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Identify and explain an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques

    • Apply effective strategies and techniques in your own writing

    • Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and personal experience

    The AP Language course assumes that you already understand and use standard English grammar. The intense concentration on language use in this course should enhance your ability to use grammatical conventions both appropriately and with sophistication, as well as to develop stylistic maturity to your prose.

    Materials Required

    • Binder with sections

    • Notecards

    • Pen and pencil