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Ms.Teri LaRocque AP English Language and Composition 1

Course Objectives

According to the College Board’s AP Course Description for English Language and Composition, students who have successfully completed the AP Language and Composition course will be able to:

  • “write effectively and confidently in their college courses” (p. 6).

  • read texts critically in a way that helps them identify and understand both an author’s purpose and the way he/she uses language to achieve this purpose.

  • write in a variety of genres and modes for a variety of purposes.

  • communicate clearly both orally and through writing.

  • develop and effectively use a wide-ranging vocabulary.

  • master aspects of writing style within a variety of texts and within students own writing, including: sentence variety, logical organization, effective support and elaboration, mastery of tone, voice, diction, and syntax.

Types of Assignments

  • Essay Drafts and Critiques: These drafts are composed in class under timed conditions. They are graded as drafts, not as final copies. Critiques will be used in group workshops and be graded on the strength of analysis.

  • Essay Final Copies, Projects, and Assessments: Tests are made up of passage based multiple choice questions, either from previously studied or new passages. Projects may take the form of presentations, creative writing, or the creation of a product to demonstrate understanding of a text or a linguistic concept. Essays will include final drafts that have undergone self-editing and peer revision using our writing workshops and conferences. These drafts may be revised from drafts written in class or at home in response to a variety of prompts and writing style guidelines.

  • Projects: Throughout the year, students will take part in projects that utilize a combination of skills learned. Time will be given for each project as these will be major grades.

  • Quizzes: Periodically, announced and unannounced quizzes will be given in order to check for basic understanding of readings and vocabulary acquisition.

  • Homework: Assignments vary from reading and responding, to creating study guides and preparing for tests, etc.

General Overview of the Year
Unit 1 Rhetorical Analysis

Analyzing a writer’s words

(First Quarter - Narrative and Analysis Essays)
Unit 2 Argumentation

Creating an argument

(Second Quarter- Analytical and Argumentative Essays)
Unit 3 Synthesis

Research paper

(Third Quarter- Analytical, Synthesis, and Argumentative Essays)
Unit 4 Putting It All Together

(Fourth Quarter- Analytical, Synthesis, and Argumentative Essays)
College Board – AP English Language and Composition Exam (May)
Final Exam/Project (20% of year grade)

Main Student Text

Title: Patterns for College Writing, a Rhetorical Reader and Guide

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s

Published Date: 2004

Author: Laurie G. Kirszner

Second Author: Stephen R. Mandell
*Other texts, such as novels, essays, and speeches, will be used throughout the year on an as needed basis.
Helpful Websites

Description: College Board’s list of colleges and their acceptable/creditable AP scores


Description: Portfolio Keeping Links Library, online publishing design, blogs, writing handouts, online writing assistance, symbols and metaphors, free e-portfolio programs


Description: Online help with the writing process, punctuation, sentence style, word choice, composing and editing, grammar, mechanics, research, and writing basics.

Major Grades: 60% (tests, presentations, projects, research papers, outside reading)

Quizzes : 20%

Daily work and homework: 20%.

*Late work: Every day work is late; it receives a 10-point deduction. A weekend is considered two days. The late policy does not apply to homework. Homework is due at the beginning of the class.
*A note on checks for completion and depth

  • Check+ = 100: Insightful, unique, creative/critical thinking and observations

  • Check = 75: Meets minimum requirements, predictable and safe observations

  • Check- = 60: Little or no effort, quotes in isolation without commentary and insight

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

GCS Student Handbook Rule 3. Cheating -- Students shall not engage in any act of deception or falsification of work product. This includes cheating by receiving any unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work, plagiarism by copying the language structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one's own work, and a verbal or written statement of untruth. Consequences: ISS, up to three days OSS. Zero on the assignment.”

General Student Supplies

Flash Drive to save work done on the computer, essays, research, portfolios, etc.


Lined paper-wide ruled

Black or blue ink pens, # 2 pencils, and erasers

Index cards (if desired by student for vocabulary/literary terms flashcards)

3 colors of highlighters
General supplies needed for the classroom (Optional)

Boxes of tissues

Hand sanitizer

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