AP Language and Composition
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Advanced Placement English Language and Composition engages students in the practice of reading a variety of texts with the purpose of performing rhetorical and argumentative analysis. This full year course is composed of three distinct sections, each preparing the student to pass the AP test in the spring. However, this is not just a test prep course; we will also examine many of the seminal works of American Literature. While our larger goal is to develop analytical readers and cogent writers, the College Board has set a specific goal for AP English Language and Composition:
The purpose of the AP English Language and Composition course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.
We will spend the coming year developing skills that will enable you to become proficient at this goal.
Explanation of the summer assignment:
Student work that does not meet all of the requirements described below will not be considered complete. Late or incomplete work will not be accepted. The summer assignment will have a significant impact on the first semester grade. Completion of the summer assignment is a prerequisite for a passing grade in the course. We will be referring to these books throughout the course.
Text Required for Summer Reading:
Choice Book: You will need to purchase a narrative nonfiction of your choice. "Narrative" means it does tell a story, and, of course, "nonfiction" means it is based on facts, real events, or real people. Autobiographies and memoirs are good sources. It is our expectation that students confer with their parents and choose books that not
only meet the course criteria but also reflect the students' family values. As you look for a book, keep the following criteria from the AP English Language and Composition Course and Exam Description in mind:
- Texts that represent a clear rhetorical situation (e.g., topical nonfiction)
- Texts that speak to one another through a variety of genres
- Texts that could be read in an introductory composition class in college
If you don't know where to begin, go to AP Central and look for the AP English Language and Composition Course and Exam Description and look on or around page 86 for representative authors. Remember that the book needs to be narrative nonfiction.
You need to select your book by July 10, and then fill out this Google form so we can support you during the summer.
Please do not read the following books as they may be part of the course curriculum:
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)
Any book you have read for previous courses.
Read and annotate the text, focusing on how the writers craft their texts. The "how" may include rhetorical strategies and devices, and commonalities between the two texts.
In August, be prepared to write an In Class Essay on these texts. You will be allowed to use your annotated text and any other personal notes you have generated. This essay will be scored using the AP English Language and Composition scoring guideline.
If you have any questions over the summer, you can reach out to Ms. Valerie Babbit and/or Ms. Kathryn Spencer. We all have the same summer reading requirements and expectations and can answer any of your questions.