AP English Language and Composition Prep course is a class designed to prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition exam. The course will focus on four main content areas: rhetorical analysis, assertion and evidence, reasoning and organization, and language style learning. The course will center on non-fictional reading materials, enabling students to identify and explain the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.
The weekly course will focus on the types of questions students will encounter when taking the AP English test, including comprehensive essays, rhetorical analysis essays, and argumentation essays. Students will be taught how to analyze a given text, and how to write essays that demonstrate their understanding of the text.
In addition, the course will include 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.
- Can explain how the writer’s choice reflects the components of the rhetorical situation;
- Ability to make strategic choices in the text to address specific rhetorical situations;
- Able to identify and describe arguments and evidence;
- Able to analyze and select evidence to develop and refine arguments;
- Be able to 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;
- Ability to use specific words and use constituent elements to advance debate;
- Able to write argument papers that integrate various materials;
- Be able to write papers that analyze the author’s rhetorical choices;
- Ability to 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, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.