AP English Language & Composition

This is a two-semester college-level course for all students who choose to hone their language and writing abilities. The course counts for a full credit towards American literature, although authors world-wide are presented; the focus is nonfiction works of varying lengths incorporated with independent reading of classic and contemporary novels. Critical reading of text and analytical writing are taught, with emphasis on the rhetorical strategies used by authors and how they are used to create specific effects. These areas of study will prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition Exam should they elect to take it. There is the expectation of a summer reading assignment comprised of reading a novel, maintaining a reading journal, participating in online asynchronous discussions, and a formal writing task. These are due upon arrival to the first day of class.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Any student who wishes to be better prepared for college Freshman writing.

WHAT KNOWLEDGE WILL BE GAINED?
  • Closely read and communicate with college level text
  • Understand the relationship between speaker, audience, and message
  • Analyze literature for rhetorical strategies (what an author says, how an author says it, why an author uses the strategies implemented)
  • Synthesize sources to create an argument through claims and evidence appropriate to purpose
  • Argue personal opinion through claims and evidence appropriate to purpose
  • Evaluate personal writing for areas of strengths / weaknesses and implement editing and revision skills to improve all personal work
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Laura-Nicole Shotliff
laura.shotliff@badger.k12.wi.us
(262) 348-2000 ext. 2704


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