The AP English Language and Composition Prep course is designed to prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition exam. The course will concentrate on four main content areas: rhetorical analysis, assertion and evidence, reasoning and organization, and language style learning. It will center on non-fictional reading materials, empowering students to identify and explain the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.
The weekly course will address the types of questions students will encounter when taking the AP English test, including comprehensive essays, rhetorical analysis essays, and argumentation essays. Students will learn how to analyze a given text and write essays that demonstrate their understanding of the material.
Additionally, the course will incorporate a strategy component focused on preparing students for the multiple-choice portion of the AP English Language exam. The teacher will provide students with strategies and techniques for effectively answering multiple-choice questions related to language and composition.
Upon completion of the AP English Language and Composition Preparation Course, students can expect to achieve the following outcomes:
- Be able to explain how the writer’s choice reflects the components of the rhetorical situation;
- Make strategic choices in the text to address specific rhetorical situations;
- Identify and describe arguments and evidence;
- Analyze and select evidence to develop and refine arguments;
- Describe the reasoning, organization, and development of the argument;
- Be able to explain how the writer’s choice of style contributes to the formation of opinions;
- Use specific words and employ constituent elements to advance the debate;
- Write argument papers that integrate various materials;
- Write papers that analyze the author’s rhetorical choices;
- Write opinionated articles without using any external resources, relying on students’ own background knowledge, reading materials, and experience.
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.
12 hours of classes, 8 classes with 1.5 hours per class.