The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course teaches students to write with richness and complexity in order to communicate clearly with advanced readers. The essays written in this course are to be less formulaic and more engaging to the reader. The focus is on the essay’s content and purpose as well as the intended reader. The students also need to be able to use a variety of research materials in their writing and be able to synthesize these various sources in an effective matter. Sources need to be cited in a critical manner and students must evaluate the legitimacy and purpose of the source.
Writing is central to the AP English courses and exams. Both courses have two goals: to provide you with opportunities to become skilled, mature, critical readers, and to help you to develop into practiced, logical, clear, and honest writers. In AP English, writing is taught as "process" — that is, thinking, planning, drafting the text, then reviewing, discussing, redrafting, editing, polishing, and finishing it. It's also important that AP students learn to write "on call" or "on demand." Learning to write critical or expository essays on call takes time and practice.
Visible Thinking – Student Activities
3, 2, 1 Bridge
Circle of Viewpoints
Claim Support Question
Creative Hunt – Looking at parts, purposes, and audiences
CSI – Color, Symbol, Image
Does it Fit
Red Light,Yellow Light for Truth
Reporters Notebook – Separating fact and feeling
See/Think/Wonder – exploring works of art and other interesting things
Step Inside: Perceive,Know about, Care about
Stop Look Listen – clarifying claims and sources
Think Puzzle Explore
Tug of War – the complexity of fairness dilemmas
Used to think – But now, I think
What Makes You Say That?