AP® English Language & Composition

Our AP English Language and Composition class is designed for homeschooled sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are at least 15 years old and who enjoy reading, sharing, and comparing. The College Board created AP Lang to focus on non-fiction, and throughout the year you'll tackle time-tested and award-winning reading in an asynchronous class format.

Relevant and Enjoyable

Drawing on your class text, The Language of Composition, you'll analyze and discuss essays and articles addressing social, economic, psychological, and political issues from a range of perspectives--and that are relevant to your world. You'll read articles and books by Malcolm Gladwell, John Steinbeck, and George Orwellwith an eye toward their overarching rhetorical arguments and means of persuasion.

Reading current opinion articles, you'll measure the tenor and temperature of syndicated columnists (whose newspaper columns you will select based upon your own interests and persuasion). But you won't do all this on your own! A Socratic approach to class discussions will welcome and encourage a variety of viewpoints, as you actively consider, compare, and debate in friendly, collaborative forums in your Moodle classroom.


Refining Your Writing Skills

You have two or three years of high school-level writing instruction and practice under your belt, so you understand the fundamentals and want to fine tune. Over the year, you'll learn (or reinforce) MLA formatting. You'll use the MLA framework in all your writing, putting its core conventions into practice each week to solidify the nuances of parenthetical citation and works cited pages. 


You'll tackle three types of essays: synthesis, argumentative, and rhetorical analysis. An audience of your peers will offer you supportive, helpful suggestions, and your instructor will offer detailed feedback on each paper you turn in. Sharing and comparing writing in discussion forums will offer you examples of alternate approaches. In AP Lang, you won't be looking for "right" answers. Rather, you'll be developing argumentative and analytical skillfulness as you hone your writer's voice.

The AP Exam

Timed writing and critical reading exercises will be interwoven into the course framework, and in the second semester, you'll ramp up test prep. Six weeks before the exam, you'll shift gears and focus exclusively on preparing for the AP exam, with weekly writing assignments that simulate AP exam content and conditions. You'll scrutinize and critique actual AP essays written by students and scored by exam readers, and you'll take a number of full practice tests--in parts and then as a whole--from released exams. As the year draws to a close and the AP exam beckons, you'll have a firm grasp of what to expect in that culminating activity. And you will feel prepared for success.


Most importantly, after the AP exam is over and you let out a big sigh of relief, you'll know you're ready for that next step: college writing and analysis. And it's likely that you will have earned college credit, since over 80% of Blue Tent AP students have earned a "4" or a "5" on their exams in the last six years. Take a look here at the latest 2018 results to see how Blue Tent students soar in comparison to the national norms.

Enter AP Language eager to share and debate. Join a community of friends from across the country, and expand your horizons!


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