AP® English Language & Composition | 2020-21

Our AP English Language and Composition class is designed for homeschooled sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are at least 15 years, 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 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 that address social, economic, psychological, and political issues from a range of perspectives--and they will all be 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 newspaper editorials, 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 active participation and welcome a variety of viewpoints, as you 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 of the five-paragraph essay and want to expand beyond that template to grow as a writer . 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 every paper you turn in. Sharing your writing in discussion forums will offer examples of alternate approaches. In AP Lang, you won't be looking for right answers or one right way to approach a writing task. Rather, you'll be developing your own argumentative and analytical skillfulness, developing your own writer's voice.

The AP Exam

Critical reading exercises will be interwoven throughout the course, and in the second semester, you'll ramp up and begin working on timed writing. Six weeks before the AP 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 that were scored by exam readers, and you'll take a number of partial and full practice tests 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'll feel prepared for success.


After the AP exam is over and you let out a big sigh of relief, you'll feel 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 earn a "4" or a "5" on their exams year in and year out. Take a look on our FAQ page for the 2018 results Blue Tent students achieved. Blue Tent students soar in comparison to the national norms.

Enter this Blue Tent AP Language class eager to share, debate, and enjoy. Join a community of soon-to-be friends from across the country, and expand your horizons!


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