AP COMPOSITION/THE AMERICAN DREAM
AP College Board Course Introduction
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 effectives in writing.
District AP Language and Composition Course DescriptionAdvanced Placement Composition is a college level English course, taught over two semesters, which provides students with a chance to extend their competence by challenging them with difficult texts and writing assignments, following the standardized course of study developed by the College Board Advanced Placement program. The course is open to juniors and seniors. Students will engage in close reading of significant works of literature and write analytically and critically about that literature and other topics.Teacher Course IntroductionThis is a one-year intensive non-fiction based English course that is the equivalent of at least one semester of college freshman English. The course emphasizes the different rhetorical essay writing modes, close reading, and critical thinking skills. The course material is drawn from a variety of college-level non-fiction anthologies and the district’s course of study for this class. AP Comp is a tremendously demanding course for both teacher and students. The homework load is equal to adding another half-class to one’s schedule.
More important, AP Composition teaches students to understand how a writer argues and persuades, how to write clearly and concisely, how to provide support for their claims, and how to research effectively. It’s a class that helps them write for every subject, not just the typical fiction and literature-based English classes.
The AP Language and Composition Student
This class requires a developed writer who, upon entering the class, has a basic understanding of language structure, language manipulation for effect, audience, purpose, rhetorical devices, and argument strategies. The AP student must be mature and willing to discuss and debate the content and the structure of what we read. The students must also be willing to listen to the opinions of others. The student must be willing to write on-demand timed essays. The student must be willing to read about twice the amount of reading of an average high school English class. The student must be willing to study for the AP exam on his or her own, using an AP study guide. The student should not miss the weekly class meeting since discussion is an integral cog of this class. This student must meet deadlines with weekly homework assignments and come to class prepared. There is so much material that needs to be covered in this class, that each minute we spend together is vital to doing well on the AP exam in May.