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From the syllabus:
The AP® course in English Language and Composition is designed to give students multiple opportunities to develop as writers through varying rhetorical strategies, applying this knowledge in analysis of audience and purpose, and development of personal and/or formal styles depending on the chosen audience and purpose. Through the course of the year, students will develop several drafts, apply developing rhetorical skills as writers to textual and visual media, and because this course focuses on American literature, students will read and analyze pieces of American artistic media and analyze these using their knowledge of rhetoric. The course strives (from the College Board’s AP English Language and Composition Course Description) to “teach students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize materials from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA).”
The course is organized into four strands: develop students’ visions of themselves as writers while learning to use various rhetorical strategies; apply those strategies to various textual and visual presentations; read a primary source, collect criticism and write an analytical composition, synthesizing the primary and secondary sources; and finally, bring these rhetorical strategies into the American culture around them.