English III and Honors English III

Course Description

Students in English III and Honors English III analyze United States literature as it reflects social perspective and historical significance by continuing to use language for expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary purposes. The emphasis in English III is critical analysis of texts through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using media. The course will be framed by the following questions: How do certain writings come to represent American culture?  What role does the writer play in American society?  What is meant by the “American Dream,” and how has this concept evolved throughout our nation’s history?  What does our literature say about America, and what, in turn, do Americans say about our literature?  How are notions of faith, individuality, self-identity, community and citizenship reflected in American literature?

Students will:

  1. -Relate the experiences of others to their own.
  2. -Research the diversity of American experience.
  3. -Examine relationships between past and present.
  4. -Build increasing sophistication in defining issues and using argument effectively.
  5. -Create products and presentations which maintain standard conventions of written and oral language.

AP Language & Composition

Introduction

“An AP course in English Language and Composition 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.” (The College Board,Course Description 2010)

The AP Language and Composition course assumes that students already understand and use Standard English grammar. The intense concentration on language use in this course should enhance their ability to use grammatical conventions both appropriately and with sophistication as well as to develop stylistic maturity in their prose. Stylistic development is nurtured by emphasizing the following:

  • A wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively;
  • A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordination;
  • A logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques to increase coherence, such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis;
  • A balance of generalization and specific illustrative detail;
  • And an effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through diction and sentence structure.

Course Description

AP English Language and Composition provides a college level study of American literature primarily through the exploration of fiction and more so in nonfiction pieces in current events, the literary canon, and contemporary pieces of literature. Special emphasis is placed on critically reading and writing expository, argumentative, and analytical prose in order to prepare students for the English Language and Composition Exam administered in May.