Prerequisites: Freshman English and teacher’s approval

Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

Credit: 10 Credits

An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students 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 effectiveness in writing. The curriculum emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. Students are encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose, and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing. The goals of an AP course in English Language and Composition are diverse because the college composition course is one of the most varied in the curriculum. The course often allows students to write in several forms – narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative – on many different subjects from personal experiences to public policies, from imaginative literature to popular culture.