The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become 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.
- To learn to think more clearly, to speak and write more effectively, and to listen and read with great understanding.
- To read some of the most accomplished literary works and understand the period in which they were created.
- To encourage a delight of literature that is aesthetically, socially and personally appropriate.
- To engage in critical reading, discussion and written analysis of literature with attention to language, structure, meaning, clarity of thinking, and value.
- To appreciate a variety of texts and genres from many cultures and time periods.
- To develop the ability to write in various forms, including the critical analysis of literature and a senior research paper, which is a requirement for graduation.
- To enhance understanding of the relationship of literature with other forms of art and increase interpretive ability.
- To improve vocabulary.
- To review literary and usage terms.
- To improve speaking skills through class presentations, discussions, and debates.
This course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description.
Literature: Learners will read selections of fiction, poetry, and drama written primarily by American and British authors. In addition, students will choose novels from the AP suggested reading list.
Learners examine the natural world's interrelationships in AP Environmental Science. During this course, learners identify and analyze environmental problems and their effects and evaluate the effectiveness of proposed solutions. They learn to think like environmental scientists as they make predictions based on observation, write hypotheses, design and complete field studies and experiments, and reach conclusions based on the analysis of resulting data. Learners apply the concepts of environmental science to their everyday experiences, current events, and issues in science, politics, and society.