AP English Language and Composition

Course Description:
In AP® English Language and Composition, students learn to be better students of English, as well as better communicatorsskills God can use both locally and worldwide. Students read prose written throughout a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, as they learn to filter what they read through the truth of the Bible. Students formulate clear and concise biblical responses to controversial issues, compare and contrast transcendentalism to Christianity, analyze the topic and meaning of death in the Bible, and explore aphorisms in the Bible that provide guidance to the human experience.

In addition, students learn to write skillfully for a variety of purposes. They develop the skill of annotating as a tool to study the word of God, as well as learn to understand the power and persuasiveness of words in order to use them effectively, according to the Word of God. Through their reading and writing, students become aware of the interactions that occur as a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects—as well as generic conventions and the resources of language—contribute to effectiveness in writing.  

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP® 
exam. Students must take the AP® Exam in order to receive AP® credit.

Recommended Prerequisites:
Teacher recommendation, English 1, 2 (honors), with a B+ average. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.

Grade Level:
11 – 12

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:                                                         

Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through the written and Living Word (Jesus) and has set patterns and guidelines for human communication (Genesis 1:3; Matthew 5:37; John 10:27; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12). All creation is held together by the Living Word and is an expression of the Word of God displaying order, design, complexity, and truth (Psalm 19; John 1:1; Colossians 1:17).

Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to communicate with God and others— and to understand their communication with him, leading to pride, confusion, and frustration. As a result, man often values forms and subjects of communication that are destructive and in opposition to God— cursing rather than blessing—using it for sinful purposes rather than truth (Genesis 11; Romans 1:18–20;  2 Corinthians 4:4). Fighting and struggles come from sinful passions. Pride, greed, and destruction are common outcomes of man’s efforts. We should be alert to the effects of the fall on communication (lies, rebellion, selfishness, etc.) and take every opportunity to seek and proclaim truth (Mark 16:15; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24–26). Humans are often regarded as heroes based on the wrong criteria.

Redemption: Our communication should be used only for the glory of God and to bless others encouraging them to find and live their purpose. This involves communicating truth, encouragement, judgment, and sharing the gospel through the power of God (Proverbs 16:23; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Timothy 2:16; James 1:19). The strong should seek to build up the weak. All literature should be evaluated through the lens of God’s Word. We should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) while allowing the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so our communication can reflect His fruit in our lives (Proverbs 23:23; Matthew 15:11; Luke 6:45; Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:22–23). Truth changes us. We should use truth to make a difference in our world. We are responsible to God for evaluating our communication and literacy choices by the standards of God’s Word and by using them clearly, creatively, and concisely to deepen our relationship with God and our fellow men (Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 12:36-37; Romans 12:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). All of our thoughts should be brought into conformity with Jesus Christ.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Course Materials:


  MLA Handbook 

  Students are required to borrow or purchase one or more books. (Students choose from 
a list of titles, some of which are available online.) See course for details.
* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and 
presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other 
assignments. See course for details.