Course Length

Full Year

Course Credit


Grade Level

Juniors & Seniors, AP


Successful completion of Pre-AP English II with a grade of B or better OR a grade of B+ or better in English 10 Honors/English 11 Honors OR a grade of A or better in English 10/English 11 OR a grade of B or better in AP English Literature + 1050 Lexile Score on English Honors entrance test + Teacher Recommendation

Course Syllabus(For Reference Only)

Students focus on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text—from a range of disciplines and historical periods. This course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. Reading and writing expectations in this course aim to deepen and expand students’ understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses in particular situations. As a result of the increased rigor of this AP course, students read more texts than the regular and honors courses and instruction is delivered at the fastest pace. Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.