Grade 12     Credit: 1
The AP English class is the equivalent of an introductory English class for college freshmen.

The primary focus of this course will be reading and analyzing works of literature and nonfiction texts with the goal of identifying the author’s purpose and audience in crafting these writings. In turn, students will develop their own writing techniques for different purposes and audiences through the use of rhetoric: writing and speaking with the purpose/goal of persuading, informing, or motivating an audience regarding a particular topic or area of interest. Students will examine various historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and presidential speeches and determine the writer’s purpose. Additionally, students will read, research, and ultimately write about and present topics of personal interest and world/current events using a rhetorical approach. All students enrolled in the course must take the AP English Language and Composition Exam, given in May.

Guidelines for Entry:

  • Must be a Junior or a Senior in good standing
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Strong interest in persuasive writing and speaking