Are you ready for the next step in your English journey? Would you like to earn college credit in English? If you are planning on taking the English and Language AP exam, and are wondering how to prepare for the test, TPS’s AP Language and Composition could be a great class to prepare you. Taught by Dr. Leake, AP Language and Composition targets students in 11th and 12th grade. Throughout this class, students will learn how to enhance their analytical writing skills.
During this course, students explore the elements of an essay such as claims, examples, and explanations. To start off, students learn how to write a solid claim and the difference between a strong and weak claims. Students work on blending examples into their writing, and they discover how to use examples to spark their readers’ interest. Wrapping up their examples with explanations, students learn how to smoothly incorporate explanations into their writing. Students also identify their audience for each essay, learning how to appeal to their chosen audience’s ideas and beliefs, keeping in mind that not everyone who reads their writing agrees with their point of view. By appealing to their desired audience, students will explore the use of narration and cause-and-effect as tools of persuasion.
Later in the course, students conquer the use of precise description words, in order to write credibly. They will distinguish between credible and non-credible source material, and learn how to cite a variety of websites featuring reliable authors who appeal to their readers. Moving on, students examine the difference between plausible and non-plausible claims; they will learn how to craft a plausible claim. One of the most important skills students gain from AP Language and Composition is the art of revision. Students learn how to revise their arguments to add new examples or evidence. Additionally, students who take this course will work on adjusting thesis statements to create a provable claim.
At the end of the second semester, students apply what they have learned to a practice AP English Language test. After taking the practice test, students will share areas that need work in class, and talk through improvement strategies before taking the actual AP exam.
AP Language and Composition is designed to help students achieve their desired score on the AP English Language test. If you are a student who wants to receive college credit in English, or if you are a student planning to take the AP English Language exam, consider using TPS’s AP Language and Composition to accomplish your academic goals!
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