AP English Language and Composition. An Overview of the Course. The College Board Definition.
An Overview of the Course
An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers ofprosewritten in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.
This class is basically a writing class. In fact, it is structured to be (and in some cases, take the place of) a college Freshmen composition course.
So the emphasis is on writing and understanding what makes good writing—rather than on literature.
In a standard English Literature class, you read to discover the meanings the writer creates with his written work. (In other words, “What does the writer say?”)
In this class, you will be reading to discover how the writer uses his written word to create the meaning. (In other words, “How does the writer say it? What techniques does he use? And what is the effect?”)
This course is structured to give you a chance to write analytical, expository, and argumentative essays. You will be given the opportunity to write both formal and informal essays.
As you read and analyze other writers’ techniques and styles, my hidden goal is that you discover your own writing VOICE.
Much of your reading will be expository writings.
The fictional works to be covered in class:
--60 minutes for the multiple choice section (to test the students’ skills in analyzing the rhetoric of prose passages)
--120 minutes for three essay questions
Each year, the AP English Language exam includes three essay prompts. The types of prompts vary from year to year. Typically, the prompts consist of:
-- “write an argument”
--the synthesis essay
(But there are no guarantees!!)