AP Lang and Comp - Kimball
(AP Lang & Comp)

The AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming 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. The AP Language and Composition course …enables students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers (The College Board, 2006).  Students entering AP English are already skilled in basic composition, and are proficient in their use of standard English grammar and mechanics. Expected here is refinement of these skills to develop sophistication and stylistic maturity in writing. Additionally, in accordance with Indiana standards, the course will follow a skeletal chronological core of canons.  Because learning to write is best fostered by reading, reflecting, and writing about serious issues, this course is designed to extend existing abilities to interpret and analyze a wide range of texts, to write and revise sustained arguments, to carry out independent research, and to integrate multiple sources into essays.  In addition to helping become a skilled writer who can compose for a variety of purposes and audiences, the course is also designed to enhance critical thinking skills.  Writing skills proceed from an awareness of the composing process, the way writers explore ideas, reconsider strategies, and revise; therefore, students will write essays and revisions that progress through several stages as students learn to interpret the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Course Outcomes

Students will:

  1. analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
  2. apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
  3. create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience;
  4. write for a variety of purposes;
  5. produce expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions that
  6. introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence
  7. drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations, and clear transitions;
  8. demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings;
  9. demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources;
  10. move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review;
  11. write thoughtfully about their own process of composition;
  12. revise a work to make it suitable for a different audience;
  13. analyze image as text; and
  14. evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.