Eastside Academic Studies


AP English Language and Composition

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Teacher: Marlys Roos
Date/Time: Monday - 12:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Room: 263
Department: Language Arts - High School
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Grade Level: 10th - 12th
Mondays, 12:45-3:15 (with breaks), Room: 255/257

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


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
If taken with Am. Lit.: $795/year; $400/semester 
$50 discount for those registered by August 1

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:

  • How to Read a Book Slowly by James W. Sire (required summer reading and used throughout the year, best to have a personal copy to mark)
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey or Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (student's choice, but one of them must be read for summer reading)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (required summer reading)
  • Sentence Composing for College by Don Killgallon (used each week throughout the year)
  • Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (used throughout the year)
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (fall semester, if taking American Lit.)
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair or Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (late fall, early spring semester merging studies of narration and journalism, student's choice)
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (spring semester)
  • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (summer reading, if taking American Lit.)

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.

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