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AP English Language & Composition

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Course Overview

This is a college-level course to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam by engaging in critical reading, writing, and discussion. The stated purpose of the course (from the College Board) is to “emphasise the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication.” To accomplish this goal, we learn to read texts closely to determine the author’s purpose and means of conveying his or her message. Using texts from a variety of sources – including academic treatises, contemporary news, classical literature, and texts chosen by the students themselves – we engage in the analysis of both what an author intends to convey and how he or she does so through both logical and stylistic means. Our goal is to develop critical thinking skills for the sake of understanding the levels of argumentation in a text, from a logical and a rhetorical perspective. We will practice analysis through discussion and timed essays. We will also complete timed essays to respond with our own arguments to various prompts and quotations.

Course Outlook

This course has two facets: logical argumentation and rhetorical analysis. Over the course of the year, we will develop each in successive steps, and slowly learn to understand both aspects within the texts we read. We will begin with a heavy focus on logical argumentation, learning to extract the formal argument from a text and weigh it on its own merit. After mastering this task, we will return to consider how authors use rhetorical devices to sway the reader with emotional, stylistic, and other elements. Regular essay writing will encourage the students to understand and respond to ideas and texts quickly and in an organized fashion. The goal is for students not only to be prepared for the AP text but for collegiate-level writing and lifelong independent critical thinking as well.

Course Workload

Expect weekly assignments in the form of timed essays (according to the format of the AP exam), grammatical assignments, readings, multiple-choice questions, and/or occasional videos. The skills learned in their course are widely applicable to daily life and study, and students are highly encouraged to apply them as such.
The course is designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and become skilled readers and writers through the following requirements:
· Reading a variety of authors with differing rhetorical and argumentative styles
· Learning to prepare to write by composing organized essay plans
· Writing responses to prompts on various subjects using source material which may be for or against one’s own position
· Writing responses to prompts on various subjects using one’s own thoughts and experiences alone
· Reading non-fiction and analysing rhetorical compositional elements
· Analysing graphics and visual images in relation to other source material
· Analysing texts in light of their origin and the merit, bias, or historical circumstance of a given author or publisher
· Honing writing skills through editing exercises and grammatical review
Students should expect to do 3 hours per week in addition to the class.

Start On August 26, 2024
Duration 30 weeks
Level AP
Prerequisites No
Day & Time MONDAYS @
UK 3:15 PM
EST 10:15 AM
Price £560.00

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