AP Courses: Language, Literature, and Composition

"Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation." -Noam Chomsky 

This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses in English composition by making demands upon them equivalent to those of a yearlong introductory college course. The purpose of this course is to make students better readers and writers of complex texts. 

In addition to the study of numerous non-fiction primary and secondary source documents, students will read major works of American literature as well as essays, poems, and short stories. The combination of non-fiction and fiction texts will encompass seven literary time periods by major American authors to augment the student’s understanding of a particular time period, style, or issue. While major texts such as The Great Gatsby will be covered, the primary thrust of the course is to understand how different texts offer complex arguments. 

Finally, this course is taught in conjunction with AP U.S. History, creating an interdisciplinary component that provides students with the skill sets and content knowledge to tackle complex problems in American history and literature.   One of the advantages of this interdisciplinary approach is that both teachers will cover essential analytical skills:  for example, both teachers will teach students how to analyze a visual document to see the arguments contained within the visual text.  The goal of both courses is to make knowledgeable citizens who are adept at understanding and constructing complex arguments.

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