AP Night – January 23, 2014
LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
What is AP Lang?
An AP course in English Language and Composition
engages students in becoming skilled readers of
prose written in a variety of 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 genre conventions
and the resources of language contribute to
effectiveness in writing (College Board, 2010).
AP Lang is a COLLEGE COURSE.
Students in AP Lang receive credit for two courses:
AP Lang/Comp and 11th grade American Literature.
This is a rigorous college class, so the expectations
are much higher than those of your 9th and 10th
grade honors lit classes.
What are the grade requirements
for AP Lang?
85 or above in
10th grade Honors Lit
95 or above in
10th grade On-Level Lit
Because of the increase in rigor at the AP
level, many students find that their grades in
AP Lang are lower than the scores to which
they have become accustomed.
What do we study in AP Lang?
Students will learn how to use and analyze effective
Students will read complex passages of
literature, non-fiction works, and rhetoric and
explore a deep connection between content and
Students must be able to express this understanding
in a clear, mature writing style.
Students must recognize and formulate opinions
and persuasive techniques.
Students will actively engage in Socratic style
seminars where they will take argumentative
stances, and they will be challenged to reasonably
support their choices.
The AP Lang Commitment
Students in AP Lang will
read more widely, more
closely, and write more
than they ever have
before. This is a college
level course with mature
will be called on to
develop a mature
and academic voice in
their speech and writing.
Success requires a great
deal of commitment.
Why Take AP Lang?
AP Lang Students learn to become:
Excellent critical thinkers
Cogent writers and producers of argument
Are you an academic risktaker who is willing to put
forth the time and effort to
succeed in AP Lang?
AP Commitment Forms are due
Tuesday, January 28!