AP English Language and Composition

An overarching goal for the course is to foster in students an appreciation and understanding of how writers use language with power and precision in a variety of circumstances for a variety of purposes. The next step is to inform students' own writings with such techniques and strategies to become excellent communicators themselves. To this end we study such things as authorial choices based on a wide variety of factors, such as:

  • sounds or phonemes (assonance, alliteration, sibilants, etc.)
  • word choice (connotation, denotation, allusion)
  • figures of speech (metaphor, simile, metonymy, synechdoche, etc.)
  • syntax (syntactic variety, parallel structure, chiasmus, asyndeton, polysyndeton, anaphora, anadiplosis, etc.)
  • paragraph structure and sequencing of evidence and arguments (by chronology, theme, or significance, for example)
  • types of appeals (logos, pathos, ethos)

OWLS: MLA Style

Teacher Contact Information

Dr. Torrance