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  • AP English Language and Composition Course Content The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers through engagement with the following course requirements:
     
     
    • Composing in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects
     
     
    • Writing that proceeds through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teacher and peers • Writing informally (e.g., imitation exercises, journal keeping, collaborative writing), which helps students become aware of themselves as writers and the techniques employed by other writers
     
     
    • Writing expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions based on readings representing a variety of prose styles and genres
     
     
    • Reading nonfiction (e.g., essays, journalism, science writing, autobiographies, criticism) selected to give students opportunities to identify and explain an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques
     
     
    • Analyzing graphics and visual images both in relation to written texts and as alternative forms of text themselves
     
     
    • Developing research skills and the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources
     
     
    • Conducting research and writing argument papers in which students present an argument of their own that includes the analysis and synthesis of ideas from an array of sources
     
     
    • Citing sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style)
     
     
    • Revising their work to develop o A wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively;
     
     
    o A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination;
     
     
    o Logical organization, enhanced by techniques such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis;
     
     
    o A balance of generalization and specific, illustrative detail; and o An effective use of rhetoric, including tone, voice, diction, and sentence structure.

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

  • The AP English Language and Composition course aligns with the introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
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  • About AP Lang from Colin B.

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    Colin graduated with the class of 2020; beginning his first year studying marine and environmental sciences at the Coast Guard Academy. Colin writes; 

    "AP Language has been invaluable to me, not only in college but also for my senior year of high school. The ability to quickly write a coherent essay is useful not only on all AP tests but on the ACT and SAT, as well as for college exams. The class exposed me to great writing - from wellknown authors to my peers - and as a result, I became a much better writer and reader, as finding rhetorical devices and becoming a better reader are parts of the course as well. The readings in the course are diverse and interesting, as they apply to real life. As an added bonus, the success I achieved on the AP Language Exam allowed me to place out of one of the most rigorous required classes at my college, allowing me to explore other options. AP Lang was one of the best courses I took in high school, and though it was sometimes tough, it was well worth it in the end, and I know it will continue to help me in the future."

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  • About AP Lang from Natalie B.

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    Natalie is now a junior at U.N.C.G. and reports her experience as follows;

    "Because I took AP Language, I grew as not only a writer but as a reader. Mrs. Hill taught me how to read effectively and how to write at a college level. I took AP Language as a senior in high school and it was literally the most beneficial course I've ever taken. College is more laid back and easy going but the work is way more stressful and rigorous. Since I took AP Language, I feel like I can handle everything better. My first college paper was an analysis of a reading we were assigned. I was nervous as could be but I used what AP Language taught me and I achieved an A on that paper. For my English class last semester, our final was literally a ten-page paper where we had to relate a real-life experience to a reading we had been assigned at the beginning of the year. I thought it would be nearly impossible to write ten pages on a five-page reading and something in my life. When I sat down to write, I basically had a nervous breakdown and decided I couldn't do it. After a few days of writing and erasing many paragraphs, I remembered what I took out of AP Language, read and annotate efficiently then come back to it and write. Needless to say, I finished English last semester with an A. I can remember many times when I wanted to just break down and cry when I continued to get the same score on my essays even though I thought I did better. This course consumed a lot of my time a senior year but now college isn't as stressful for me. When you're in AP Language, you honestly want to rip your hair out but trust me, in the end, it's worth it."

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  • About AP Lang from Brittany S.

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    Ms. Smith, who graduated in 2017, graduated from UNCW in 2021

    I can honestly say that AP Language was one of the most beneficial courses I took throughout all of high school. It's more than just an English class, it's a class that reforms the way you think and how you address issues presented in ALL classes. You learn how to articulate your thoughts more effectively and you improve your ability, or lack thereof, on analyzing written works. I draw on this class almost all the time, I couldn't recommend it more. It'll be difficult while you're taking it, but you'll thank yourself when all is said and done.

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  • About AP Lang from Rebecca L.

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    Rebecca attended CCHS during the 2018-2019 school year; she is now a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington. Rebecca writes about her AP Lang experience; 

    "AP Language changed my life. Seriously, it changes the way you read and write. It teaches you how to harness and express your thoughts in an educated and coherent way. It was a challenge while taking it but once I stepped into my college English class and was given a book full of material and authors I had already read, assigned papers I knew how to write (one that I had actually already written), I felt completely prepared. AP Language was one of the hardest but one of my favorite classes I have ever taken. I am sure I will continue to pull from the knowledge I gained in that class through out the rest of my college career."

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  • About AP Lang from Evan S.

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    Evan graduated with the class of 2018 and is now classified as a senior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

    "Taking AP Language was easily the smartest decision I made regarding my high school career. The course not only taught me how to effectively convey my ideas on paper, but how to accurately analyze the rhetoric of multiple mediums. Although the class might have been difficult and sometimes overwhelming while I was taking it, not a day goes by now that I'm in college where I'm not grateful for this class. My major requires me to write an analysis over a different film and its rhetoric each week, a task that might have been too much had I not already been prepped with AP Language. Not only was AP Language academically helpful, but I really do have some of my greatest memories from that class. It can be a challenge, but it's also an amazingly fun class in which each student is encouraged to speak up and share their opinion, sometimes in creative and hilarious ways. I definitely recommend taking this course because you will grow as a writer, a reader, and as a person."

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  • Is AP Lang a hard class?

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    Because this is a course that teaches the best possible usages, a stronger adjective choice is difficult, not hard. There are two different lines of reasoning to pursue here. Difficulty is what you make of it. Where you may struggle is with the reading level. We are reading dense texts such as Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, Willam Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation, and Mary Rowlandson's own captivity narratives. The challenge is making meaning out of antique language, which hints at the other line of reasoning addressing difficulty. If your response to stuggle is surrender - to give up - then expect difficulty. So, perhaps a change of mindset is in order. New practices are often difficult in the beginning but, with practice and perseverance become simple and routine. I do not believe AP Language and Composition is a hard class. It is a class with a steep learning curve in the beginning, but, if your goals for your future align with the content of AP Lang and the mission of CollegeBoard, then such struggles are ones you routinely transform into benefits. 

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  • How do I get college credit for AP Lang?

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    In the broadest possible terms, a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam earns you college credit for your college's freshman composition class. 

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  • What if I'm not good at English?

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    So what?! First, you're probably a lot more competent with language, argument and literature than you give yourself credit for; second, this is a class. This is a place to learn those critical reading and writing skills employers and colleges value. In other words, you're not meant to be good at English before taking the class; you just need the will to learn; and you will probably be very good at English after completing the class. 

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  • What do we study in AP Lang ?

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    AP English Language and Composition teaches you to deconstruct arguments and rhetorical strategies in mostly non-fiction works. Non-fiction is a broad term and includes journalism, memoirs, essays, satire, comics, even photography. In other words, you will read (and examine) material that is likely much more far-reaching than your past English classes. For AP Language, you will also do lots of writing, learning to maximize your argument and your effectiveness as a communicator across different forms, from persuasive essays to memoir writing. 

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Last Modified on August 20, 2021