Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Cover all the essential content and prepare students for the AP exam through a perfect blend of engaging nonfiction readings, written by both classic and contemporary writers, and practical writing instruction. Scaffolded activities develop student competence in close reading, rhetorical analysis, and critical composition and revision skills. Students develop key rhetoric, argument, and synthesis skills and apply strategic stylistic choices at the college level. Track student progress with unit reviews, assessments, and a full-length practice exam modeled on the new CED. A Teacher Resource is available only to teachers and with a school purchase order by contacting Customer Experience.
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Engage your students with unit anchor texts that serve as models of excellent rhetorical skills and offer opportunities for in-depth analysis.
—9 anchor reading texts foster rereading and critical analysis
—9 anchor student drafts develop skills in evaluating writing
Assess skills and build exam confidence and competence throughout the course with carefully crafted AP®-style multiple-choice questions, argumentation essay prompts, rhetorical analysis essay prompts, and synthesis prompts.
Questions based on AP® Exam formats
—more than 200 multiple-choice questions
—4 synthesis prompts
—4 rhetorical analysis prompts
—5 argument prompts
—1 complete practice test modeled on the AP® Exam
Features to develop skills tested on the AP® Exam
—Close Reading activities help develop critical rhetorical skills
—Evaluating Writing activities help develop analytical revision skills
—Composing on Your Own activities give students an opportunity to use what they have just learned in their own writing
—Reflect on the Essential Question features review key learning objectives
—Apply What You Have Learned activities give students opportunities to use the critical reading skills they have developed by analyzing a new text
—Join the Conversation activities provide students guidance on responding to prompts
Evaluate final preparation with a complete summative test that mirrors the directions, timing, question formats, and content scope of the actual AP® exam.
Teacher Resource includes correlations for each question to the College Board Curriculum Framework.
The Teacher Resource is sold only to educators and shipped to school or district addresses only. A verified classroom set purchase of the student edition (print or digital) is required.
Brandon Abdon, Senior Author, Doctor of Arts, English
Brandon Abdon worked for five years as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the AP® English courses at The College Board, during which time he collaborated with experts from around the country to develop the Course and Exam Descriptions (CEDs) now in use. This work was a culmination of more than 15 years’ experience in high schools and universities, teaching both the AP® English Language and Composition and the AP® English Literature and Composition courses as well as college composition and literature and teacher education courses. He has also taught or trained thousands of teachers around the country. He has served as an AP® Reader, led many professional developments, and offered dozens of conference presentations. Currently, he serves as professional development consultant for the Advanced Placement® program and works as an Education Specialist and Curriculum Coach in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Timothy Freitas, MAT, Secondary English Education
Timothy Freitas, a College Board-endorsed AP® English Language and Composition consultant, has been teaching AP® English Language and Composition for more than a decade and AP® English Literature and Composition for almost as long. He has also been an AP® Reader and in 2017 was invited to work on the College Board’s Instructional Design Team for the new AP® English Language and Composition framework. Timothy works as a consultant and professional development facilitator for Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative (now Mass Insight Education) and is typically assigned to work in New York City when consulting for the National Math and Science Initiative. Timothy teaches in Massachusetts, currently at Whitinsville Christian School and formerly at Blackstone Valley Tech.
Lauren Peterson, MA, Education
Lauren has been teaching AP® English Language and Composition in a number of states for more than ten years, most recently at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, where she is also the schoolwide literacy leader. Before this position, Lauren served as a curriculum and instructional coach in Duval County, Florida. Lauren worked for College Board on a pilot curriculum designed to both remediate common AP® English Language challenges and also prepare students for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. As an independent consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative, Lauren has written diverse curricula used by students across the country as well as training materials for beginning and experienced AP® English Language teachers. Lauren served as an AP® English Language Reader and continues to work as an AP® English Language trainer for new and experienced teachers.