Course Number: 133/134
Full Year; 10 Units
UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.
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.
- 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
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. ISBN: 978-1-5908-207-9
- Fences by August Wilson ISBN# 978-0452264014
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ISBN: 978-0-7432-7356-5
- Additional texts will be provided by the instructor.
Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.
Level of Difficulty:
Estimated Homework Per Class:
Completion of World Literature Honors with a “B” OR
World Literature with an “A” for both semesters.