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AP ENGLISH: LANAGUAGE AND COMPOSITION Purpose of the Course:  The student will learn how to read various passages

and write three types of essays for different purposes. Reading:  There are two distinct time periods of American literature  Pre-20th Century  20th Century to Present Writing: Three types of essays you will learn to write:  Synthesis Essay  Argument Essay  Document-Based Question Central Concepts of the Course:  Rhetorical Triangle  You will learn to identify all three, the speaker, intended audience, and subject and analyze the relationship between them. SPEAKER

AUDEINCE Ethos – appeal to trust in speaker’s credibility Logos – appeal to logic Pathos – appeal to emotion


Rhetoric – aspects of language and writing intended to persuade an audience to a specific view Rhetorical devices – techniques used in writing to convey special meaning or significance. (Rhetorical devices can be used to develop rhetoric).  Much of the literature-specific vocabulary that you will learn will fall under this category. General Skills Learned/Used:

as well as class assignments. . you will learn to determine which sources are not credible and therefore sources that you should not use in your essay.Time Management  This is a skill that can be applied specifically to the AP Exam concerning free responses and passage reading during the multiple choice section.  Analysis of Passages  Annotating books read for class prepares you to write strong essays and gives you practice of identifying and responding to rhetorical devices in passages. Based on citations of sources. such as general essays and the research essay.  Identification of Credible Sources  This skill is mostly concerned with the Document-Based Question on the AP Exam and the research paper you will complete for class.  Continually annotating throughout the year will prepare you to “work the prompt” and annotate the passages and sources that you will use in all three free response on the AP Exam.