AP English Language and Composition AB

Course Description

This course is the first semester of a full credit course provides instruction on all the competencies needed to be successful on the Advanced Placement test from College Board. The course is designed to develop student awareness of how an author creates meaning through language use, genre conventions, and rhetorical choices. In addition, students are expected to write and analyze persuasive arguments. According to the English Language and Composition guidelines outlined on the AP website, the course “engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes” (English Language and Composition homepage, p.6). This course will help you to read with deeper understanding and write more powerfully and effectively. Our writing assignments include rhetorical analyses, personal essays, argumentative essays, expository essays, evaluation essays, journal entries, and more. You should plan on having an hour to devote to AP English homework every night. Access to a computer is essential as is regular attendance at class. The pace and level of work in this class is not easily made up just by getting the notes from someone.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

9 – 12

Materials

Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis (AP Honors)/Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide

Duration

2 Semesters

Credit Value

1.0

Prerequisites

None

Semester A

Semester A Enduring Understandings of this Course:

  • Authors use a variety of rhetorical strategies and stylistic elements to convey a message, and successful academic reading and writing depends upon the ability to analyze these strategies and elements and incorporate them into your own writing.
  • Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of an argument depends upon developing a knowledge of the tools of rhetoric, which in turn will enable you to write more effective arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics.
  • Strong arguments depend on logic and skillful use of credible evidence.
  • Visual texts communicate meanings and messages just as written texts do, and understanding those messages is a vital skill in today’s media-saturated environment.

Semester B

Semester B Enduring Understandings of this Course:

  • Authors use a wealth of rhetorical strategies to convey their messages.
  • Authors use a variety of stylistic elements like diction, imagery, syntax, structure, tone and detail to convey their feelings and opinions.
  • Strong arguments depend on logic and skillful use of credible evidence.
  • The persuasive and argumentative writing skills developed in this course will be helpful in college and the real world.
  • An effective persuasive essay must be fully developed to convince a reader of one’s position.
  • To prove and support a position, a writer must include well-integrated supporting facts. Efficient research includes proper gathering, analysis and synthesis of sources.
  • Proper citation is essential for a research paper to be valid and credible.
  • Satire is a vehicle for bringing understanding if not always changes to the human condition and society.
  • Satire, in its many forms and uses, can help us be more civically engaged and responsible.