WHS Course Description Book: “AP English Language and Composition may be taken in place of LA 11 for qualifying students. This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.”
More precisely, students need to read complex texts with understanding and write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. Students will study the rhetorical elements that all writers must address in order to write effectively. They will use these elements to analyze a variety of nonfiction texts. Students will discover their own process of composing expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Although some emphasis will be placed on grammatical conventions, the course expects students to demonstrate understanding and mastery of the standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their writing.
This college preparatory class is an advanced reading and writing class designed to prepare students for state assessments, ACT exams, and the AP exam in English Language and Composition. The course objectives will also fulfill curriculum standards set by WHS and the course-level expectations of the state. Students are highly encouraged to take the AP Language test in May that could earn them three hours of college credit.
Language Arts 11 is a multi-faceted full-year language arts course. This course examines assorted genres of literature including the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and early historical writings of American authors. Composition is stressed through writing persuasive, narrative, expository, and descriptive essays. Students will also continue to implement research techniques for added support in their writing. To improve writing and to prepare for college entrance exams, students will review grammar and usage and work to build an extensive vocabulary.