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AP English Language and Composition:
The 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 purpose of the AP English Language and Composition course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. The course helps students move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay. Students are encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing.
English I Honors:
Honors English is a standards based yearlong course designed for the student who has an excellent command of English skills and is ready for academic challenge at an accelerated pace. In writing, students will learn the process of planning, drafting, editing, conferring and sharing as well as write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Through a rigorous curriculum, freshmen will acquire facility in writing by engaging in the various genres such as persuasive, narrative, and expository text structures. Grammar, usage, and vocabulary are covered through composition. In literature, intensive study is undertaken in the interpretation and analysis of various genres, such as short fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and the novel.
English I College Prep:
Academic English 9 is a standards based yearlong course designed for the student who has a good command of English skills and is ready for academic challenge. Through a rigorous curriculum, freshmen enrolled in College Preparatory English are engaged in writing exercises with emphasis on paragraph development, description, narration and summary. Grammar, usage, and vocabulary are covered through composition. In literature, close reading is undertaken in the interpretation and analysis of various genres, such as short fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and the novel. Reading and writing exercises are studied similar to those on the MCAS test taken in the sophomore year.