AP English Language and Composition

AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style.

The course skills are organized within nine units that scaffold student development of the analysis and composition skills:

  1. Rhetorical Situation: Reading Explain how writers’ choices reflect the components of the rhetorical situation. 11%–14%
  2. Rhetorical Situation: Writing Make strategic choices in a text to address a rhetorical situation. 11%–14%
  3. Claims and Evidence: Reading Identify and describe the claims and evidence of an argument. 13%–16%
  4. Claims and Evidence: Writing Analyze and select evidence to develop and refine a claim. 11%–14%
  5. Reasoning and Organization: Reading Describe the reasoning, organization, and development of an argument. 13%–16%
  6. Reasoning and Organization: Writing Use organization and commentary to illuminate the line of reasoning in an argument. 11%–14%
  7. Style: Reading Explain how writers’ stylistic choices contribute to the purpose of an argument. 11–14%
  8. Style: Writing Select words and use elements of composition to advance an argument. 11–14%