Advanced Placement English Language @ Independence High School

"An AP English course in Language and Composition should engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and 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 generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing."

--The College Board's AP English Language and Composition Course Description (May 2005)

Teacher Contact Information:

Mrs. Stover
Mrs. Winchester
Mr. Brandt
Mr. Warren

AP English objectives:

  1. Analyze authors’ use of rhetorical strategies and techniques in short pieces of literature.
  2. Produce expository and argumentative compositions.
  3. Introduce a complex central idea and develop with appropriate, specific evidence, cogent explanations, and clear transitions.
  4. Create and sustain arguments based on research and readings and/or personal experience.
  5. Synthesize themes and ideas from different genres to develop a well-written analysis.
  6. Apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing
  7. Demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in own writing.
  8. Write in a variety of genre and context both formal and informal.
  9. Move effectively through the stages of the writing process with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing and review.

Block Objectives (AP US History & AP English Language & Composition):
  1. Develop complex, comprehensive thesis statements
  2. Discuss, analyze, explore historical themes expressed in literature and the impact of history on literature, and vice-versa
  3. Observe and analyze the influences of various philosophical schools of thought on history.
  4. Introduce a complex central idea and develop with appropriate, specific evidence, cogent explanations, and clear transitions.
  5. Develop group presentation skills
  6. Develop the ability to synthesize information (incorporating fiction and history) into generalizations

    Block Teaching Strategies:

    * Dual Lectures – Linking literature & history
    Comparing writing applications for different subjects
    * Cross-class groupings for projects & presentations
    * 2-hour writing sessions (practice AP writing to learn pacing – at least 3 times for each course)

Download AP Block green sheet as a pdf

Download AP Block Plagiarism Policy as a pdf

Download AP Block Summer Reading Assignment as a pdf

Download AP Literary and Rhetorical Terms (compiled by Ms. Stover)

Download Rhetorical Devices & Definitions (compiled by Mr. Warren)

Continue to MLA Style


AP Boot Camp (weeks 1-4)

Thesis Statements Spelling Sentence Structure
Topic Sentences Subject/Verb Agreement Word Choice
Complete Sentences Integrating Quotes into Text Depth of Analysis
Logical Organization 4 Step Quote Method Summarizing v Analyzing
Focus Quote Citation Plagiarism: What Is It?
Abstract to concrete Title Punctuation (Novels v short stories) Reading the Prompt
General to Specific Proper Heading (MLA Format) Close Reading