Learning Recommendations:  None

General Description:  Students in this course, which fuses the critical reading, writing and thinking skills of an introductory college-level course with primarily American Literature readings, develop their abilities to work with language and text with an awareness of rhetorical purpose and strategy. The course allows students to develop their skills in analytical and argumentative writing, and emphasizes the synthesis of primary and secondary sources to develop their writings. Students learn to read complex material, integrate material from these texts into their own writing, and cite sources based on the conventions of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Through this course, students are prepared for the AP English Language and Composition Exam.


  • Close reading of fiction and nonfiction writings
  • Rhetorical analysis
  • Development of analytical and argumentative writing skills, on both formal and in-class responses
  • Development of research and synthesis skills
  • Preparation for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of :

  • Class discussions
  • Individual writing conferences
  • Peer workshops
  • Close, deliberate reading and annotation of texts
  • Short and extended writing
  • Presentations
  • Revision
  • Direct instruction

Homework:  Homework to be expected varies (with novels, 20-30 pages of reading a night; with writing, several formal responses of varying lengths each semester). Expect on average 30 minutes of homework per night. Homework schedules are provided well in advance of due dates to support students' time management.

Course Fee / Materials:  Students may choose to register for the AP Exam.

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place in September and October. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.