AP® English Language & Composition | 2020-21
Our online AP English Language and Composition class is designed for homeschooled juniors, and seniors (16+) who are capable and willing writers and who enjoy reading, sharing, and comparing. The College Board created AP Lang to focus on non-fiction, and throughout the year students will tackle time-tested and award-winning reading in an asynchronous class format.
Relevant and Enjoyable
Drawing on the class text, The Language of Composition, students will analyze and discuss essays and articles that address social, economic, psychological, and political issues from a range of perspectives--and they will all be relevant to their world.
Readings include articles and books by Malcolm Gladwell, John Steinbeck, and George Orwell—with an eye toward overarching rhetorical arguments and means of persuasion.
Reading current newspaper editorials, students will measure the tenor and temperature of syndicated columnists whose newspaper columns they will select based upon their own interests and persuasion.
But they won't do all this on their own! A Socratic approach to class discussions will welcome and encourage active participation and welcome a variety of viewpoints, as student consider, compare, and debate in friendly, collaborative text-based forums in their online classroom.
Refining Writing Skills
With two or three years of high school-level writing instruction and practice under their belts, students who enter AP Lang will understand the fundamentals of the five-paragraph essay and want to expand beyond that template to grow as writers.
Over the year, they'll learn (or reinforce) MLA formatting. Using that framework in all their writing, students will put its core conventions into practice each week to solidify the nuances of parenthetical citation and works cited pages.
The class will tackle three types of essays: synthesis, argumentative, and rhetorical analysis.
An audience of their peers will offer supportive, helpful suggestions, and the instructor will offer detailed feedback on every paper turned in.
Sharing their writing in discussion forums will offer examples of alternate approaches. In AP Lang, students won't be looking for right answers or one single right way to approach a writing task. Rather, they'll be developing their own argumentative and analytical skillfulness, developing their own writer's voice.
The AP Exam
Critical reading exercises will be interwoven throughout the course, and in the second semester, students will ramp up and begin working on timed writing.
Six weeks before the AP exam, they'll shift gears and focus exclusively on preparing for the AP exam, with weekly writing assignments that simulate AP exam content and conditions.
In addition to scrutinizing and critiquing actual AP essays that were scored by exam readers, students will take a number of partial and full practice tests from released exams.
As the year draws to a close and the AP exam beckons, students will have a firm grasp of what to expect in that culminating activity. And they'll feel prepared for success.
- After the AP exam is over and they let out a big sigh of relief, they'll feel ready for that next step: college writing and analysis. And it's likely that they will have earned college credit since over 80% of Blue Tent AP English students have earned a "4" or a "5" on their exams year in and year out.
We hope students will enter this Blue Tent AP Language class eager to share, debate, and enjoy. With a community of soon-to-be friends from across the country, they can expect to expand their horizons!