Welcome to AP Language and Composition

"This year, you will become a skilled reader of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and a skilled writer who can compose original essays for a variety of purposes.
Both as a reader and a writer, you will become increasingly aware of the interplay between writer’s purpose, audience, and subject matter, as well as the ways genre, conventions, and language choices contribute to original writing...

"This year is not only to prepare you to pass the AP test,
but also to prepare you to read and write with skill in all your college classes...

"Entering into collegiate level work requires a paradigm shift.  [I] invite you to progress beyond a typical high school mentality toward the mindset of a college student:  the mindset of a scholar.  
In your approach to the work you do in this class, [I] ask for true intrinsic motivation.  This approach will help you move forward in your journey toward the highly effective use of language in college and in life.

- from the Advanced Placement Language and Course Overview and Philosophy

"Rhetoric may be defined as
the art of finding the available means of persuasion
in any given case."
- Aristotle

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Everything's an Argument Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz (2010), 5th ed.

What Do Students Need to Know About Rhetoric?
Hepzibah Roskelly
University of North Carolina

How to Prepare for the Multiple-Choice Section

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A Breakdown of Rhetorical Strategies

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Strategies for Mastering the Rhetorical Analysis Essay AP ...


A Good Argumentative Essay: Logical Structure

Shaping Argument

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A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples
A Rhetorical Tool Box

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The School of Athens

Raphael Sanzio