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AP Language and Composition

Course Description

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their writing and reading in this course, students should become 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 effective writing. Through close reading and stylistic analysis, students will examine and write about difficult and challenging works of literature normally studied in a college freshman English course.


1. Study carefully selected international literacy works and develop the ability to analyze, judge, and reflect upon what is read through discussion and written language.
2. Develop critical standards for independent appreciation of literacy works through the study of language, characters, and structure. .
3. Become more aware through speaking, reading, and chiefly through personal writing of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax and tone.
4. Develop an effective use of language and organization in a clear, coherent, and persuasive manner through the explication of literary texts.
5. Develop an individual style of expression adaptable to different occasions for writing in college.
6. Become proficient in using the higher order thinking skills of comparison/contrast, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation evidenced through written and verbal expression.
7. Demonstrate the ability through oral/written discourse and analysis to engage in close readings by providing textual support and detailed commentary of the author's stylistic techniques.
8. Develop an awareness of the global forms of literary texts studied.
9. Demonstrate an appreciation of the similarities and differences between literary works from different ages and cultures.
10. Become proficient in analyzing nonfiction prose for specific rhetorical devices employed by the author.
11. Evaluate the conventions of discourse present in biographical and autobiographical literary works and be able to identify the effects of these devices on a critical reader.
12. Be prepared to take the AP Language and Composition Examination.

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