AP English Language and Composition


Read and analyze prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts while gaining an understanding of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects.


Early Edition

  • Analyzing Texts
  • Claims and Evidence
  • Introduction to Rhetorical Strategies
  • Critical Reading and Rhetorical Analysis

Revolutionary Edition

  • Historical Context
  • Introduction to Argument
  • Structure as Rhetorical Strategy
  • Supporting and Evaluating the Argument
  • Aphorisms
  • Tone and Argument
  • Crafting Compound and Complex Sentences

Romantic Edition

  • Figurative Language in Argument
  • The Power of Diction
  • Taking a Position
  • Establishing a Line of Reasoning
  • Analyzing Syntax
  • Crafting Periodic and Loose Sentences
  • Developing Commentary

Civil War Edition

  • Reading About Writing
  • Elements of Style
  • Sppech Analysis
  • Analyzing Style
  • Crafting Periodic and Balanced Sentences
  • Reading and Synthesis
  • Nonfiction Book Journal

Realism Edition

  • Understanding and Analyzing Satire
  • Political Cartoons
  • A Modest Proposal
  • That’s So Ironic
  • Irony to Ignite
  • Exploring the Satirical Prompt
  • Crafting Chiasmus and Anaphora

Modern Edition

  • Conversations and Claims
  • Synthesizing the Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Cultivating Commentary Using Sources
  • Crafting Purposeful Structure

Contemporary Edition

  • The Memoir
  • Appeals in Argument
  • Rhetoric in Action
  • Evaluate and Implement
  • Crafting Sentence Variety
  • Memoir Journal

Student Edition

  • Research the Context
  • Analyze the Author’s Choices
  • Argue an Issue
  • Pick a Perspective
  • Create a Connection
  • Interpret Rhetorical Strategies

Fee Details

Progam Advanced Placement
Fee Component  Course Fee
Amount (USD)  $ 608
Description To be paid by the student at the time of Enrollment.

Grade Level

Grade 11, 12




Students will need to obtain the following texts, either from a library or a bookseller:

Civil War Edition: Choose one of the following:

  • Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Contemporary Edition: See the lesson entitled The Memoir for an overview of text choices and choose one of the following:

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • A Work in Progress: A Memoir by Connor Franta
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafza
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Student Edition: See the Checklist lesson for an overview of text choices and choose one of the following:

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabell Wilkerson
  • Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


English 1 and 2; this course is for students in 11th grade or above.

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