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AP 3 Language & Composition

Course Description

This course integrates the study of writing, literary fiction and non-fiction, speaking, listening, vocabulary, library skills and technology. Applying the writing process, students write for many purposes:

  • interpretation
  • evaluation
  • observation
  • reflection
  • speculation about cause and effect
  • controversial issues and
  • report of information for academic purposes.

Class emphasis is on developing an appreciation of world literature—classical to contemporary—through a variety of reading, writing, analysis, research and discussion assignments. Students read and analyze literary, historical and cultural backgrounds of American and world literature through a variety of genres, including literary works in translation. The Advanced Placement portion of this course focuses on studying and writing various kinds of analytic and persuasive essays on nonliterary topics. Please be advised that this is a college level course, with most colleges and universities giving credit for entry-level English classes upon successful completion of this class and the AP Literature Exam in May of next year.

Students and parents are advised to research their prospective college’s policy. Using critical thinking skills, students analyze core works and relate them to their own lives. The vocabulary development emphasizes word attack strategies, taught in meaningful contexts. Students participate in a variety of interactive activities, particularly in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations. Students use traditional and electronic reference sources in their reading, writing, and speaking assignments. AP English 3 is an academic class designed specifically for serious, college-bound students. The class discussion, collaborative and cooperative learning, writing assignments, and regular homework stimulate high levels of critical thinking.