Syllabus Title: 
AP English Language and Composition
Syllabus Description: 

This 12th grade level course immerses students in close reading and analysis of a challenging literary works from a range of genres -- novels, short stories, poems, plays, and nonfiction. Composed of challenging reading and writing assignments, the course focuses on intensive reading and discussion of the literature.  Students will read at a fast pace and will be required to form independent opinions about the offered materials. Thoughtful analysis of the readings and multi-step writing assignments will be required. The writing component focuses on focused interpretation of high level texts, with assignments ranging from Discussion Board posts to full, five paragraph essays. Through course discussion boards, students will have consistent interaction with the teacher and with peers. During weekly live sessions, students will participate in presentations about course concepts and will be able to get additional feedback on writing assignments. AP Literature and Composition is a year-long course. For most students, the course concludes with the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam in early May.

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.

  • Apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing.

  • Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research and/or personal experience.

  • Write for a variety of purposes.

  • Produce expository, analytical and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations and clear transitions;

  • Demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources.

  • Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing and review;

  • Write thoughtfully about their own process of composition.

  • Engage in multiple revisions of their written work to make it suitable for a different audience.

  • Analyze graphics and other visual images as text

  • Evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.

Collection Semester: 
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Semester 1
New Unit Collection: 
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Unit 01: Introduction to Rhetoric
New Unit Content: 
  • Introduction to AP English
  • Grammar Review: Clauses
  • Introduction to Rhetoric and SOAPS
  • Introduction to Close Reading
  • Rhetorical Modes
  • Grammar: Active/Passive Voice
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Logos
  • Style Analysis: How Diction Affects Tone
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Unit 02: Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis
New Unit Content: 
  • Connotation
  • Syntax
  • Introduction to Rhetorical/Style Analysis
  • How to Write A Timed AP Essay (Q2)
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Figurative Language
  • Diction Analysis
  • Writing a Rhetorical Precis
  • Writing the Assertion Journal
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Unit 03: Rhetorical Analysis
New Unit Content: 
  • Gerunds
  • Full Rhetorical Analysis Essay
  • Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
  • Compare and Contrast Essay
  • AP Exam Multiple Choice Questions
  • Direct and Indirect Object
  • Appositive Phrases
  • Agreement and Tenses
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Semester 2
New Unit Collection: 
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Unit 04: Cause and Effect Essays
New Unit Content: 
  • Introduction to Semester 2
  • Anecdotes
  • Cause and Effect Rhetorical Strategy
  • Cause and Effect Essay Writing
  • Cause and Effect Essay Outline
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Unit 05: Research
New Unit Content: 
  • Satire Analysis
  • Satire as Argument
  • DIDLS Prose Analysis Method
  • AP Argument Essay (Q3)
  • Conducting Research Overview
  • Determining a Topic For Research
  • Writing the Research Proposal
  • Collecting Data for Research
  • Research Organizing: Outlines
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Research Paper Writing Style
  • Research Paper Introduction
  • Research Paper Body
  • Handling and Citing Sources in APA Style
  • Research Paper Conclusion
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Unit 06: Other Essay Types and Multiple Choice
New Unit Content: 
  • Analyzing Speeches
  • Analyzing Letters
  • Argument Essay Outline
  • Using Pathos and Logos in Your Argument
  • Narrative Writing Techniques
  • Descriptive Writing: Details and Imagery
  • Synthesis Essay Tips
  • Interpreting the Writing Task
  • Evaluating Visual Texts
  • Evaluating Op-Eds
  • Writing Op-Eds
  • Process Analysis Essay