AP English Language & Composition

Course Number: 133/134

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition includes works from American Literature in chronological order, but the majority of the course focuses on works of nonfiction in a variety of rhetorical contexts. This is a “college course [that] provides students with opportunities to write about a variety of subjects from a variety of disciplines and to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose.” The course’s emphasis on expository, analytical, argumentative, researched, and personal writing will help students develop their skills in a variety of contexts. Additionally, students will learn to synthesize various sources in their own writing and analyze graphics, political cartoons, and advertisements as visual texts.

The demands of the course are comparable to those of a first-year college-level English course; the expectation is that students are willing to work independently and to make a commitment to the challenging workload. It is important to remember that the goal of this class is not just to prepare students for the AP exam in May, but also to nurture habits of mind and an appreciation for language that ultimately lead to a mature academic perspective.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric (Second Edition) by Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses ISBN 978-0-312-67650-6
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr, E.B. White, and Maria Kalman ISBN 978-0-14-311272-3
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller ISBN 978-0-14-243733-9
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry ISBN 978-0-679-75533-3
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ISBN 978-0-7432-7356-5
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ISBN 978-0-316-76948-8

*Additional texts can be identified on the syllabus.

Supplemental texts will be provided in PDF or another format by the instructor.

Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of World Literature Honors with a “B” OR
World Literature with an “A” for both semesters.