AP English Language & Composition is a writing-intensive course that focuses on creating civically engaged, critically thinking, reflective writers able to analyze and implement strong rhetoric. Students will read and analyze specific pieces of nonfiction and fiction from a variety of time periods and genres in context of their rhetorical strategies, including rhetorical appeals, organization, tone, diction, logical fallacies, counter-arguments, refutations, characterization, structure and organization, and literary devices. The course will focus on improving students’ persuasive writing skills, culminating in a formal, MLA-formatted research paper.
This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP English Language & Composition.
- Some experience in rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis (recommended)
- Knowledge of the basics of crafting a strong essay and completing a research project formatted to a style guide (recommended)
Course Texts and Materials
- Links to all required readings are included in the course content. Students may wish to purchase or borrow print copies of the following books:
- A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Students will also be required to select one full-length nonfiction text from a list of provided works each semester. These books can be found at a school or local library.
- 5 Steps to a 5: AP English Language (most recent edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Starting 2021–2022: Offered in two half-credit semesters.
- 01005 AP English Language & Composition Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
- Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
- Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
- Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
- 01005 AP English Language & Composition Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
- Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
- Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
- Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)