• AP English Language and Composition


    What is AP English Language and Composition?

    This semester-long course is writing intensive and designed to make students more effective writers, more skilled readers, and well-crafted thinkers.  We read primarily non-fiction, American texts and analyze prose from a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.  Analyzing rhetoric involves learning and applying college-level terms and techniques as we examine the wide variety of strategies writers use to address specific audiences for a given purpose. 

    The Rhetorical Triangle

    What prerequisites do I need?

    • Students wishing to take this course should have finished Honors English 10 with an A or B and a recommendation from his/her teacher.
    • Intellectual curiosity, a desire to learn for learning’s sake, and a strong work ethic!


    What kind of assignments can I expect?

    • Required summer work (2-3 texts, 1-2 written compositions, & a glossary)
    • daily analysis exercises
    • frequent reading assignments (3-5 nights a week)
    • weekly quizzes
    • weekly AP practice compositions or multiple choice
    • research paper
    • persuasive speech
    • “Fishbowl” small-group discussions
    • Group presentations
    • Weekly participation grades


    How do I get college credit?

                    Depending on the college you are applying to, you would need to score anywhere from a 3 to a 5 to earn college credit, so check the schools you’re interested in:  https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies


    This class pairs well with AP U.S. History!