Ms. Catharine Kirby


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> English 4 Per. 7

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AP Language and Composition

This year long course explores some of the traditions, innovations, and complexities of writing in the Americas, and will culminate in taking the AP Language and Composition Exam. The course will explore the nuances of writing throughout the different eras in American History, focusing on the attitudes which shaped the writing of the time. In accordance with the College Board’s AP English Course Description, an emphasis is placed on enabling “students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers” (6). Students will learn to analyze graphics and visual texts as well as literary criticism, then apply them to their own analysis of written texts. The course will require expository, analytical, argumentative, and personal writing through which students will learn to express themselves in a variety of contexts and will culminate in a documented analysis essay of a major text or texts.

English 4

English 4 is a year-long course required of all senior students except those in AP English or British Literature Honors. This course is designed with two components: an intensive writing component in which students examine the fundamentals and finer points of the thesis-centered essay, and a literature survey component in which students investigate representative works of major British writers through the study of both fiction and non-fiction.  In the first semester, students will embark upon a sequence of writing tasks meant to cover a variety of expository approaches and forms. Students will be responsible for developing and independently researching their own essay topics. This program of instruction emphasizes the critical thinking needed for expository essaying, the key stages of the writing process from invention and research to finished product, and the common grammatical, stylistic, and technical elements of writing college level essays. The second semester is an integrated course in reading, writing, and critical thinking; students will continue to apply their critical thinking, research, and expository skills within the framework of a survey study of British works and authors ranging from the Anglo-Saxon Period of England to the present.

English 4 Per. 7

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