Length of Course:


    One Year



    1.0 Credit

    Grade Placement:


    11 or 12



    Sophomore Honors Survey of American Literature or Approval of English Chairperson

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    Course Description: This course is designed to teach the requisite skills for the successful completion of the AP English Language and Composition exam at the end of the school year. Passing the exam may allow students to receive course credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college. The course will train students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of historical periods, academic disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Close reading and analysis of texts will be required as students learn to pay attention to the resources of language, especially syntax, diction, and tone. In response to selected readings, students will evaluate material and synthesize information in order to write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays as well as at least one persuasive essay on a complex issue. Students will consistently practice both the objective and essay components of AP style test taking. As juniors, students will also prepare for the SAT through language study and grammar review. Literature will emphasize prose non-fiction but will also include novels, drama, and poetry. Since extensive vocabulary study is an integral part of preparing for the AP exam, students will be continually engaged in vocabulary instruction. This course meets state of Illinois guidelines as a writing intensive course. There is a summer reading requirement for this course; the reading must be completed prior to the start of the school year.