AP English Language & Composition 2015-2016

Hillary Kidwell
Office: Mansion 3rd Floor
Office Phone: (207) 443-7113
Email: hkidwell@hyde.edu
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Letter to the student

Dear AP English Language & Composition Scholar:

Welcome to the class! The AP English Language & Composition course is a rigorous, in-depth examination of the English language, as many of you have never before explored. It assumes a high level of interest and competence in English. The class is similar to a first-year college course in rhetoric, so students should expect that the workload will be heavier than most typical junior-year English courses.

In order to succeed, students need to be motivated to study and be able to keep up with the demands of a college-level course. By taking the AP exam at the end of the course, students have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have, indeed, learned college-level material and are prepared to enter advanced college courses. Those students who achieve the College Board's criteria for passing the exam will obtain college level credit.

Juniors in AP Language and Composition class are challenged to engage as readers, writers, speakers and problem solvers in their world. The course focuses on the overarching theme of human character, following such topics as character development, emerging dispositions, public v. private self, inner conflict, as well as the concept of human beauty. Throughout the course, students practice methods of analysis and interaction with texts from various time periods and genres, including both fiction and nonfiction. They discover the art of writing with purpose and for an intended audience, and they engage problem solving skills as become critical of readings in this context as well. Students learn to recognize the stylistic elements that make language powerful, and they develop the argumentative skills to apply this authority as original authors and speakers themselves. Over the course of the year, students uncover and polish their own powers of communication through discussion and debate, building vocabulary, and engaging in an intensive speaking, writing and revision process.

Essential Questions:

- How is language powerful? What are some of the ways this power is used? By whom?

- What are the various methods by which we infuse language with power?

- How can we use language to strengthen and deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live?


[Note: All units will be accompanied by readings from multiple nonfiction authors that vary in length, point of view, style, time period, etc.]

The Art of Argument
◦ Close Reading, Style Analysis, Rhetorical Devices
◦ Ethos, Logos, Pathos and Rhetorical Analysis

Insightful & Critical
The Synthesis of Purpose and Style
◦ Language Purpose/Intent, Logical Fallacies
Political speeches, Swift

Argument and Self-Expression
◦ Argument Writing & Personal Voice
AP Prep Compilation Project
College Essays

AP Exam: Thursday, May 11th

All students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam.

Writing Notes/Style Guide:

Fall Term

Unit 1: Introduction to Style

September 8-18

Class Handouts/Readings:

Images Unit 1:

1 style

2 painting

3 jazz era

4 America

5 Indian


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Unit 2: Rhetoric & Fiction

September 21-November 13

Class Handouts/Readings:

Rhetorical Analysis Essay:

Winter Term




MLK: "I Have a Dream"

Swift: "A Modest Proposal"

Beauty Packet:

Beauty Argument Essay Prompt/Biblio information


Previous Year Files/Resources