Course Overview: AP Language and Composition is a college course that, according to the College Board, “engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.”
Unlike other English courses you have taken, AP Language and Composition focuses primarily on nonfiction pieces. We will examine the writing of autobiographers and diarists, biographers and history writers, critics, essayists and fiction writers, journalists, political writers, and science and nature writers. Composition work, likewise, takes a different direction. While your peers in other English classes continue to perfect the five-paragraph essay and other prescriptive forms, you will stretch your talents to move beyond what the College Board describes as “programmatic responses” to a “prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.” Translation? Now that you know “the rules,” you get to break a few.
AP Language and Comp is a college-level course that examines rhetoric as “the art of finding and analyzing all the choices involving language that a writer, speaker, reader, or listener might make in a situation so that the text becomes meaningful, purposeful, and effective for readers or listeners in a situation,” according to David Joliffe, former AP exam creator. Therefore, students will become sophisticated and deliberate writers and consumers of a variety of texts.
AP Language and Composition Learning Targets