AP Language and Composition (Using American Literature)

This course taken alone corresponds to Georgia D.O.E. Course #23.04300. Taken with the Survey of American Literature, it corresponds to Georgia D.O.E. Course #23.05300.

Mondays 12:45-3:15 with breaks (conference/lab and study time 3:15-4:00)                                                                                 $545/year or $275/semester (includes individual student fee to EAS)                                                                                       $50 discount for those registered by August 1

May be taken with Survey of American Literature for two credits by special arrangements. $795/year or $400/semester

This course provides a college-level language and composition study for high school students to formally and informally analyze major themes and rhetorical techniques employed by American writers of a variety of genres, but particularly non-fiction and media, so students may evaluate their own understanding, develop critical thinking, and synthesize their thoughts and ideas into writing with clarity, coherence, and purpose.


Studies include:

  • Investigating changes in the use of language over the last 400 years by reading a variety of works from classic and contemporary American authors
  • Analyzing the methods, observations, and techniques of American writers from each era
  • Modeling and using techniques from classic and contemporary essays
  • Evaluating personal reading and writing processes through the use of journals, original essays, and other exercises
  • Employing close reading techniques to develop and increase analysis and comprehension of texts
  • Determining the author's audience, purpose, tone and message
  • Exploring methods of rhetoric on various levels
  • Critiquing a variety of works including statements, essays, speeches, contracts, letters, news articles, advertisements, visuals, short stories, and novels
  • Examining, experimenting with, and enhancing personal writing
  • Revising and refining original writing
  • Compiling and comparing examples of writing and communication from various media
  • Evaluating for claims made, fallacies of logic, figurative language devices, and effectiveness
  • Working in groups and conferencing with the instructor to discuss, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the use of rhetoric from the readings and also to improve personal writing
  • Preparing formal essays (in class and outside of class), projects, and a research paper
  • Developing critical thinking skills for real-life situations as well as for the purpose of higher education
  • Distinguishing the differences between biography and memoir, primary and secondary sources, argument and persuasion, logic and fallacies of logic

Additional lab time as needed, including a day in April to take a practice exam, will be arranged for those preparing to take the AP Language Exam in May.