AP Language/Composition

This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Students in this college-level course are expected to meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum, carefully analyze a broad range of literary works and legal texts, and deepen their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own writing and rhetorical abilities. Course readings feature expository, analytic, personal, legal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students examine and work with legal briefs, court cases, essays, speeches, and imaginative literature. In addition, the course will include a study of writing style, sentence combining, punctuation, and SAT/ACT vocabulary and test preparation.

In order to enroll to earn CAP credit for ENG 101, students must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and meet two of the following three criteria:

• Rank at or above the 51st percentile in the high school class (For example, multiply the number of students in the class by .51 [100 x .51 = 51] and subtract the resulting number from the number of students in the class [100-51=49]. In order to qualify for English 101 enrollment using class rank, the student must rank 49th or higher in his class.)

• SAT Critical Reading score of 450 or greater, PSAT Critical Reading score (for juniors) of 45 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 19 or greater.

• SAT Writing score of 450 or greater, PSAT Critical Writing score (for juniors) of 45 or greater, or ACT Combined English/Writing score of 19 or greater)

Students who meet the criteria may enroll in USI’s College Achievement Program, CAP, to earn college credit for English 101 Rhetoric and Composition I, from USI at a reduced rate of tuition ($25 per credit hour or $75 total). Rhetoric and Composition I (ENG 101) is a three credit hour course that is highly transferable.

Students may instead opt to take the Advanced Placement Language/Composition exam in May.
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