AP® English Language and Composition A

Course Description

The AP® English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Advanced Placement (AP®) courses are equivalent to college-level courses. We highly recommend that you read the College Board’s AP® English Language and Composition Course Overview and AP® English Language and Composition Course Description before beginning this course.

Required Course Materials

You will need to purchase a textbook because the course involves reading text:

Everything’s an Argument with Readings
Authors:  Andrea A. Lunsford, John Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters
Bedford/St. Martin’s 2016

You will need to have access to the following major works:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Course Organization

This semester course consists of:

  • 5 Units with 3-7 Lessons per Unit
  • 15 Graded Assignments
  • 1 final exam (taken in-person)

You must take and pass each semester’s final exam to receive credit for the course. After taking the semester B exam, you may take the AP® English Language and Composition exam offered by the CollegeBoard, but it is not required to receive credit for the course from UT High School.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: 30 Multiple-choice questions, one essay
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, printed dictionary

Semester Topics

  • Purpose, Rhetorical Strategies, and Developing Arguments
  • Understanding and Developing Arguments:  Justice and Injustice
  • Understanding and Developing Arguments:  American Identity
  • Understanding and Developing Arguments:  Nature of Man
  • Understanding ad Developing Arguments:  Obligations of Man Versus Society
  • Understanding and Developing the Synthesis Essay