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AP English Language and Composition Course

Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition Course

The College Board

GK Consultants English Language and Composition Course

What does this course mean for you?

This is the ideal course for those who wish to not only develop their ability as a compelling and persuasive writer, but also improve on their reading and comprehension skills.

About our English Language and Composition Course

Our English Language and Composition Course will teach you all about the elements of argument and composition, whilst you develop your critical writing and reading skills. You will read and analyse various non-fiction works from a multitude of periods and write up essays with a number of different aims. For example: arguing a point, outlining a specific idea, or leading your reader. You will gain everything you need to develop into a skilled and persuasive writer.

The Skills You Will Gain:

    • The ability to read, analyse, and interpret a piece of writing
    • Effectively evaluate an information source
    • Gathering and consolidating information from various sources
    • Write an evidence based argument with confidence and precision
    • Drafting, revising, and producing a persuasive piece of writing

Course equivalency

This course is equivalent to:

    • A college course equivalent
    • An introductory college-level analysis course

Recommend course prerequisites

    • None

In other words, all are welcome to this course and those who pass will have a college course equivalent.

About the English Language and Composition Units

Below we will outline all of the units included within this course and what you can expect to find when you start them. Typically, this course is taught in units of study that provide one clear sequence of completion. However, depending on your teacher, they may vary the delivery based on local priorities and preferences. In either case, here is everything you will be required to complete:

Unit 1

In unit 1 you will learn to effectively identify and analyse various claims in text and determine as to whether the writer backs up their claims with reasonable evidence.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Identify the intended audience and underlying purpose of a piece of writing
    • Examine how evidence supports a claim (and how well/persuasively it is delivered)
    • Develop well-structured paragraphs as part of an effective argument

Unit 2

In unit 2 you will begin to learn about how writers organise the information and evidence that they use to support their argument and appeal to their target audience.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Being able to analyse an audience and their relationship to the specific argument in question and its intended purpose
    • Effectively build an argument that is backed up with relevant, strategic evidence
    • Develop thesis statements with skill and precision
    • The ability to develop structure within a piece of text and integrating evidence which reflects your line of reasoning effectively

Unit 3

In unit 3 you will begin to explore the range of perspectives that surround a topic, and how different arguments can relate and respond to each other.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Identify and describe various claims and lines of reasoning in a text
    • Identify and confidently avoid flawed reasoning
    • Introduce and integrate sources and evidence into your writing
    • Attribute and cite references authentically
    • Use sufficient (and relevant) evidence for a given argument
    • Develop sections of text with cause & effect, and narrative methods

Unit 4

In this unit you will begin to examine how a writer makes choices about the methods they use to develop their arguments, their introductions, and their conclusions.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Develop and connect effective thesis statements and lines of reasoning with confidence
    • Develop compelling introductions and resounding conclusions
    • Develop parts of a text that have a comparison-contrast effect using definitive and descriptive methods

Unit 5

In unit 5 you will focus on specific choices that a writer makes to bring all parts of an argument together which may otherwise go unnoticed.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Develop commentary throughout your paragraphs
    • Maintain ideas consistently throughout an argument
    • Use modifiers to effectively qualify your argument, whilst conveying clear perspective

Use transitions properly

Unit 6

In this unit you will work to understand the differences between position and perspective, how to consider and avoid bias, and how you can integrate and address a number of perspectives within one single argument.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Incorporate a number of perspectives easily within one argument
    • Recognise and account for potential biases
    • Adjust an argument to effectively address new evidence
    • Analyse tone and the way that tone can shift within a text

Unit 7

Next you will consider the complexity of an argument around a specific topic, and what makes each attempt successful or unsuccessful.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Examine the complexities in various issues
    • Consider how certain words, phrases, and clauses can easily modify/bolster or limit an argument
    • Examine how a counterargument or different perspective can affect a given argument
    • Explore how sentence development can affect an argument

Unit 8

In unit 8 you will begin to explore stylistic choices as a writer and how to make those choices to affect your argument.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Chose comparisons based on your target audience
    • Consider how sentence development and word choice can significantly affect the way in which the writer is perceived by their audience
    • Consider how the choices that are made in an argument affect the reader
    • Consider how style of writing affects an argument

Unit 9

Consider a wider range of perspectives as you begin to develop a complex argument in writing.

The various skills that you will practice include:

    • Use strategy to concede, rebut, or refute certain information
    • Craft an argument using stylistic choices, such as word choice and descriptive language

Conclusion

Once you have successfully completed this course you will feel a noticeable shift in the way that you approach your reading and writing. It will give you the confidence to begin forming your own arguments in writing, backed up with credible information that you have sourced by yourself. Good luck!

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