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AP English Language 3

Teachers: Jason Schmidt, Tom Marsh
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Approved by the College Board, Advanced Placement English Language 3 is a rigorous British literature and rhetoric course requiring students to read closely and analyze carefully a variety of fiction (prose and poetry) and nonfiction. With an overall thematic focus on the human condition, this study of primarily British literature includes the epic, novel, drama, and poetry; nonfiction readings, not limited to British authors, include essays, sermons, speeches, and letters. Through close reading and analytical writing, students will improve skills in identifying and explaining the effects of literary conventions and rhetorical strategies. Written assignments include the formal research paper, a formal essay per unit, and essay exams; in-class essays require writers to analyze and synthesize. Finally, through a wide choice of reading material and writing exercises, students will prepare for and take the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam administered on the national test day in May. Prerequisites: Honors English 2 students in good standing (C or higher) are automatically enrolled in A.P. English 3. Students enrolled in English 2 must meet the following criteria: a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.3 or higher in English, passing score on the entrance test, recommendation from the student’s English 2 teacher, and approval of the department chair. This course must be taken for two semesters.