AP English Language and CompositionAP English Language and Composition

The AP English Language course is developed based on AP English language guidelines for students who are willing to do college-level work during high school. 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. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
  • Apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
  • Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research and/or personal experience;
  • Write for a variety of purposes;
  • Produce expository, analytical and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations and clear transitions;
  • Demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources;
  • Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing and review;
  • Write thoughtfully about their own process of composition;
  • Revise a work to make it suitable for a different audience;
  • Analyze image as text; and
  • Evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.