AP Lang 1
ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION SYLLABUS FOR 2009-2010
Course Overview and Objectives
The AP Language and Composition course is designed to prepare students to read and write on a college level developing skills that will ultimately prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam given in May. This exam consists of three timed essays and timed multiple choice questions based on readings from various periods and genres. Preparation for this exam will “engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and become skilled writers who are able to compose for a variety of purposes”.1This is a rigorous course where students will be reading and writing in a way that will prepare them for college and assist them in communicating skillfully on a personal and/or professional level through writing. Students will be asked to write responding to readings representing a wide variety of styles, genres and topics, primarily non-fiction. Readings may include, but are not limited to, topics on culture, race, gender, education, science, politics and popular culture. In responding to what they read, students will have to answer questions explaining how the writer’s attitude or intention gets delivered through rhetoric and linguistic choices. Additionally students will develop proficiency in not only reading primary and secondary sources, but also synthesizing these materials effectively into their own writing. Students will practice citing sources effectively using standard conventions of MLA format. Finally students will develop the ability to succeed and excel in a college level composition class as cogent writers and critical thinkers. .
AP Language and Composition students will: • be able to read analyze and interpret a variety of nonfiction and some fiction works from various genres and time periods • apply SOAPSTone analysis to a text • employ rhetorical...