AP English Language and Composition

Course Description:
In AP® English Language and Composition, students will become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, as well as become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. They will learn how to be better students of English as well as better communicators—and these are skills God can use both locally and worldwide. Through their writing and reading, students will become aware of the interactions that occur as a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects—as well as generic conventions and the resources of language—contribute to effectiveness in writing. The college composition course for which this AP® English Language and Composition course substitutes is one of the most varied in the curriculum.

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Recommended Prerequisites:
Teacher recommendation, English 1, 2 (honors), with a B+ average. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.

Grade Level:
11th – 12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through the written and Living Word (Jesus) and has set patterns and guidelines for human communication (Genesis 1:3; Matthew 5:37; John 10:27; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12). All creation is held together by the Living Word and is an expression of the Word of God displaying order, design, complexity, and truth (Psalm 19; John 1:1; Colossians 1:17).

Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to communicate with God and others— and to understand their communication with him, leading to pride, confusion, and frustration. As a result, man often values forms and subjects of communication that are destructive and in opposition to God— cursing rather than blessing—using it for sinful purposes rather than truth (Genesis 11; Romans 1:18–20;  2 Corinthians 4:4). Fighting and struggles come from sinful passions. Pride, greed, and destruction are common outcomes of man’s efforts. We should be alert to the effects of the fall on communication (lies, rebellion, selfishness, etc.) and take every opportunity to seek and proclaim truth (Mark 16:15; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24–26). Humans are often regarded as heroes based on the wrong criteria.

Redemption: Our communication should be used only for the glory of God and to bless others
encouraging them to find and live their purpose. This involves communicating truth, encouragement, judgment, and sharing the gospel through the power of God (Proverbs 16:23; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Timothy 2:16; James 1:19). The strong should seek to build up the weak. All literature should be evaluated through the lens of God’s Word. We should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) while allowing the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so our communication can reflect His fruit in our lives (Proverbs 23:23; Matthew 15:11; Luke 6:45; Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:22–23). Truth changes us. We should use truth to make a difference in our world. We are responsible to God for evaluating our communication and literacy choices by the standards of God’s Word and by using them clearly, creatively, and concisely to deepen our relationship with God and our fellow men (Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 12:36-37; Romans 12:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). All of our thoughts should be brought into conformity with Jesus Christ.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Course Materials:
Students will need to obtain selected book titles, either from a library or a bookseller. Most are common novels and the MLA Handbook. More details of these materials are found in the course.