AP Language and Composition is a course designed to teach the content of a college freshman-level rhetoric and composition class. Our focus is on building close reading skills with both fiction and nonfiction reading passages, analyzing short passages as well as full length major works for an author's overall purpose, and writing critically about those passages. Additionally, students in this course will study the art of argumentation, responding to arguments and also writing original arguments by generating their own evidence and incorporating evidence from their reading. While our main goal for the course is to build student knowledge and skills for effective communication, we are also focused on preparing them for the rigorous demands of college-level reading and writing. At the end of the course, students will take the College Board AP English Language and Composition exam.
Prepping for this school year:
Reading--before the end of the first six-weeks, read one (or more!) of the following books; if none of the bulleted ones "speak" to you, then choose something from the Other Suggested Reading Lists below. Some we have in the HS library/textbook room, some may be in the public library, some may be in my classroom library, or there is always Amazon or a brick-and-mortar bookstore!
Other Suggested Reading Lists:
Choose your outside reading books throughout the year from these lists, gleaned from various sources:
Membean: Access token is S4AQAVE
Quizlet: Join Mrs. Kissire's AP Language class
Goodreads: AP Lang Group
Edmodo: Edmodo site for this class
Supplies for class:
You don't HAVE to shop at Amazon.com to get the supplies you need for my classes; find out what you'll need, regardless of where you get the items, here: AP Lang supplies
The Dialectical Journal is an MS Word document--you won't be able to use it if you don't have MS Word installed on your computer, but you can create a similar one in other programs. (hint: it's set up as a table, so that the boxes can expand as you type)
Speeches and Terms:
Logical Fallacies: Awesome site!
Ms. Kissire's Parts of Speech table: