The goal of this college-level class is to develop those insights, appreciations, and skills that lead to advanced levels of facility with language and composition. The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Course Description. Therefore, students are expected to examine rhetorical devices, techniques, and strategies; analyze texts, and write effectively. Students write in various forms for a variety of audiences with an emphasis on narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. All papers go through several revisions aided by teachers and peers.
Special emphasis is placed on the reading/ writing connection. Therefore, this course requires reading of the same type of essays written in class. Students also read various other forms of nonfiction, fiction and poetry. As stated in the AP English Course Description, the main purpose for the study of fiction and poetry is “to help students understand how various effects are achieved by writer’s linguistic and rhetorical choices.” Students keep a reading journal on all major works read in class, which contain thoughts, questions, and any UFO (unknown, foreign, or odd words) they may encounter. The journal is the basis for class discussions and a starting point for papers written in class.