English 11 Advanced Placement
(Composition and Literature I)
English 11 AP (Composition and Literature I) is designed to meet the requirements of the State University of New York ACE (Advanced College Experience) program offered through Westchester Community College. Additionally, students will also prepare to take the College Board Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam at the end of the year. In this college-level, credit-bearing course, students will be given frequent opportunities to work with the rhetorical situation, examining the authors’ purposes as well as the audiences and the subjects in texts. Students will write in a variety of modes for a variety of audiences, developing a sense of personal style and an ability to analyze and articulate how the resources of language operate in any given text. Because our students live in a highly visual world, we will also study the rhetoric of visual media such as photographs, films, advertisements, and comic strips. In addition to the analysis of short fiction, media,speeches and nonfiction articles, our study will also include analytical examinations of lengthier works including Jay Heinrich’s Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About The Art of Persuasion, Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead and John Krakauer’s nonfictional work Into the Wild. The course will culminate in the Advanced Placement exam and an MLA research paper. Course prerequisites apply.