LAC614U: APEngLang (2013-2014)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Advanced Placement
COURSE TITLE: AP English Language & Composition
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become 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.
DoDEA English Languange Arts Standards
Upon completion of the AP English Language and Composition course, students should be able to:
- Portrait of William Wordsworth, 1842, by Benjamin HaydonTo enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.
- Writing and reading assignments will help students move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay that provides an introduction with a thesis and three reasons, body paragraphs on each reason, and a conclusion that restates the thesis. Although such formulaic approaches may provide minimal organization, they often encourage unnecessary repetition and fail to engage the reader. Students should be encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose, and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing.
- Exams and activities will help students to become more critical readers and writers. Students will complete assignments in the style of the actual AP test and gain confidence in their ability to pass the AP exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5.
Course Outline (1st Semester)
- Module 0: Introduction to course
- Module 1: Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis and Rhetorical tools
- Module 2: Transcendentalism: Introduction to early American historical texts, essays; understanding works in historical context
- Module 3: Exam Week 1: Timed writing and multiple choice test practice
- Module 4: Novel study: F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
- Module 5: Exam Week 2: Timed writing and multiple choice test practice
- Module 6: Non-Fiction: Chosen Essays
- Module 7: Non-Fiction Exam Week 3: Timed writing and multiple choice test practice
- Module 8: Coming to America: interpreting point of view and using the tools of logic and analysis
- Module 9: American Poetry: Learning to find author’s purpose and use of rhetorical tools through the use of poetry
- These may change during the school year.
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman
Course Notes: (Unweighted - Did Not Take AP Exam)