AP English Language and Composition
Grade Level: 10th - 12th
Conference/Study Time: Mondays 3:20 -4:00
Class will end by 3:15, but if students have questions, need additional help, or need to meet together to work on projects, the teacher will be available onsite until 4:00.
Maximum: 10 students
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH (AMERICAN) LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
This class corresponds to GA.DOE #23.05300 and prepares students to take the College Board's Advanced Placement exam to receive college credit for English.
May be taken in conjunction with American Literature and Composition for 2 core credits or separately for 1 credit. For those combining classes, assignments will be adjusted.
Prerequisite: An average of 75 or above in at least one high school level English course, a willingness to work at the college level, and consultation with the instructor.
Cost (for AP alone): $545/year; $275/semester
For further details about the course, visit www.hslitcompclasses.com.
This advanced placement course allows students to analyze and evaluate American language, its changes over the last 400 years and, particularly, the way language has been used to shape the nation. Through investigations of primarily nonfiction writings such as journals, speeches, essays, and news articles, students will develop an understanding of the effects of philosophies and events of each time period on language and literature, its ideas and style preferences. Close analysis of syntax, structure, and language elements within a wide range of materials including documents, poetry, narration, and mass media will be emphasized. Students will examine the differences between biography and memoir, primary and secondary sources, argument and persuasion, logic and fallacies of logic.
"Lab experiments" in writing will include employing styles of various genres and writing from differing points of view. Exercises in reading and writing for practical purposes (e.g., contracts) will also be given each week. The rhetorical value of mass communications as it has developed will be central to discussions. Several projects through the year will give opportunities to investigate logical fallacies found in advertising, analyze several sides of a social/political issue, determine how language affects presentation of historical topics, and develop clear expository writing needed in all aspects of life. A final research project to answer a question of the student's choosing based upon the elements and influences of communication studied will be due in the spring.
The weekly class time is organized as a lab with hands-on learning and practice from 12:45-3:15. AP Language and Composition students may stay until 4:00 to receive private instruction or meet with a study group. For those taking the AP Language exam, a day in April will be scheduled to take a practice exam.
The course will include a field trip to the Atlanta History Center in late November or early December.
Two texts, Macmillan`s American Literature and The Prentice-Hall Reader will be loaned to AP Language students. (Students may purchase their own texts if they choose to mark in them.) The texts for this advanced placement course will include other supplementary materials found online or sent to the students and the following which the students will need to find or purchase:
The required summer reading assignment will be sent upon receipt of registration. A list of suggested summer reading for extra credit will be available in May.