AP Language & Composition
Welcome AP Language Students!
I, Mr. McKean, will be your instructor this semester for AP Language & Composition. I can’t wait to meet you all in-person. Until then, we will begin with remote learning using Edgenuity. Before class begins online Monday (8/17), you’ll need to go to the Mingus Bookstore and checkout a textbook. Be sure to do this on Thursday or Friday of this week.
My main message to you right now is that I’m here to help each of you be successful in my class. I know it can be scary taking an AP course online. Don’t worry yourself too much, you’ll do great in this class as long as you are working consistently. Please reach out if you are ever confused or overwhelmed.
To-Do List for This Week
1. Join the Google Classroom page (find link on my Teacher Website that you can access from www.mingusunion.com). I also e-mailed you an invite that makes it easy to join. Although you will not be submitting classwork on Google Classroom. We will use the page for virtual meetings through Google Meets and for information about how to take practice exams on the MyAP Classroom website. Be sure to choose the correct Class Code:
a. Period 1 – ewvp6rj (Click to Join Period 1 Google Classroom)
b. Period 5 – fiq3vfv (Click to Join Period 5 Google Classroom)
2. The next thing you need to do this week, before August 17, is pickup the textbook from the Mingus Bookstore. Yes, you are permitted to come on campus to get your book, but make sure you are wearing a mask. Here is the textbook info:
Title: The Language of Composition
Author: Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2008)
***Please let me know ASAP if you need help with anything. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and my classroom phone number is 928-634-7536 ext. 1118***
About the Course
The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text—from a range of disciplines and historical periods.
What to Expect
Starting Monday (8/17), you will begin the online Edgenuity AP course. You should work through the class daily. If there are any issues or struggles, please reach out to me ASAP. The online class—as well as the practice tests on MyAP Classroom—will help prepare students for the end of the year AP exam in May.
I will have weekly online meetings via Google Meets to help with direction and to answer any questions.
I'm looking forward to having you in class this semester! Again, contact me if you need anything.