AP English Language and Composition - A Course in Rhetoric and Citizenship



    The objectives for this college-level course in Language and Composition are taken from the “English Language and Composition Course Requirements” published by the College Board. Students in this course will critically read and analyze a variety of predominantly non-fiction works, emphasizing “the expository, analytical and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters” writing facility. The main goals of the course will be to develop, in students, an awareness of rhetoric and how language works; to foster an ability to identify and analyze a writer’s purpose and audience; to explore various genres of text, including essays, speeches, autobiography, poetry, images, and narrative fiction; and to craft students’ individual writing, developing voice, purpose, clarity and control of rhetorical devices. This course will be both reading and writing intensive, and will force students to evaluate their own writing as it relates, by comparison and contrast, to a multitude of prominent authors and speakers of the past and present. The voices of our study will be largely American authors and speakers. Some fictional work will also be studied, including a play by William Shakespeare, a satire by Jonathan Swift, and several other shorter works. Non-fiction readings will include An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard, and In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. We will also read a play by William Shakespeare. Other larger non-fiction texts may also be added throughout the year.


    Course Supplies - Please ensure all students have the following materials at the beginning of the year:

    * Perforated Notebook

    * Composition Notebook

    * 3-ring Binder (at least 3/4 ")

    * Durable Two-Pocket Folder

    * Pens and Pencils (every day)


    Summer Work that has not been received can be picked up in the High School Guidance Office.



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