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Advanced Placement Language & Composition

Section #: 1056 (LNG/COMP AP)

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is an advanced placement course based on content established by the College Board. An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their 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.

A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description website here.

Recommended Grade Level:  Grade 11 or 12 (College Board does not designate when this course should be offered).

Recommended Prerequisites: English  9 and English 10 or other literature, language, composition, and speech courses or teacher recommendation

Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester

Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

English 12 could be incorporated into this course, if this course is offered at Grade 12

At Herron, students will regularly produce texts of formal writing (1200-1500 words in length) outside of class as well as targeted and timed in-class writing in preparation for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam.

In accordance with the specific interdisciplinary focus of Herron High School, Advanced Placement Language and Composition literary selections will be aligned not only with the College Board standards and the Advanced Placement exam, but also with the historical periods relating to world cultures between the years 476-1600 CE. In addition, the Advanced Placement Language and Composition class will follow nine-week themes organized around a metaphorical vertical reading’s of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.