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High School AP English Language and Composition

Pre Requisites

Teacher recommendation, English I, II (honors), with a B+ average


An AP course in English Language and Composition 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. The college composition course for which the AP English Language and Composition course substitutes is one of the most varied in the curriculum.

Semester One

Module 01 - Early Edition

  • AP Exam Overview
  • Plagiarism
  • MLA Documentation 
  • Critical Reading
  • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • The AP Language Rhetorical Essay

Module 02 - Revolutionary Edition 

  • Multiple-Choice practice
  • Nonfiction: Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin
  • Rhetorical devices: structure, tone and attitude
  • Composition: argument writing, logical fallacies, compound and complex sentence structures

Module 03 - Romantic Edition

  • Multiple-Choice Practice
  • Nonfiction: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Fiction: Great Expectations, chapter one 
  • Rhetorical devices: diction, syntax, and figurative language
  • Composition: Argumentation, Rhetorical Analysis, periodic and loose sentence structure

Module 04 - Civil War Edition

  • Multiple-Choice practice 
  • Speech Analysis
  • Reading and synthesis
  • Nonfiction: Abraham Lincoln, African-American spirituals 
  • Major Work: Choice of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing or William Zinsser’s On Writing Well
  • Composition: Elements of style, imagery and detail analysis, essay construction, language, periodic and balanced sentences
  • Semester 1 Exam: Comprehensive exam testing skills in reading, writing, and literary devices presented throughout the four modules in semester one.

Semester Two

Module 05 - Realism Edition

  • Multiple-Choice Practice
  • Introduction to Satire and Irony
  • Nonfiction: Jonathan Swift “Modest Proposal”, Mark Twain “Advice to Youth”, William Lloyd Garrison “The Anti-Suffragist”
  • Political Cartoons
  • Short Stories: "The Revolt of Mother"
  • Rhetorical Composition: Style analysis, argumentation, chiasmus and anaphora 

Module 06 - Modern Edition

  • Multiple-Choice Practice
  • Nonfiction: John Steinbeck, President Kennedy “Civil Rights Address” 
  • Poetry: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay 
  • Major Work: excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath
  • Visual Literacy/Image Analysis
  • Composition: claim writing, argument, style analysis, commentary, synthesis essay, purposeful structure

Module 07 - Contemporary Edition

  • Multiple-Choice Practice
  • Visual Literacy
  • Nonfiction: President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Major Work: choice of memoir from this list:
    • A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
    • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
    • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
    • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • Composition: Style analysis, synthesis/research essay construction, argumentation, sentence variety

Module 08 - Student Edition

  • In this module students will construct a nonfiction portfolio based on their choice of a book from this list:
    • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
    • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
    • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Eric Larson
    • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
    • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington
    • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
  • Semester 2 Exam: Comprehensive exam testing skills in reading, writing, and literary devices presented throughout the four modules in semester two.

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