AP English Language and Composition: Course Outline

Topics: Rhetoric, Writing, Rhetorical techniques Pages: 5 (1551 words) Published: October 11, 2014
AP English Language and Composition
Summer 2014 Assignment
David Gold

An AP course in English Language and Composition is essentially a course in rhetoric that engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing (College Board AP English Language and Composition Course Description, Fall 2010).

Don’t be afraid, it sounds a lot scarier than it really is. Almost everything you read, view and hear is designed to persuade you think or act in a certain way. By studying rhetoric, you will be better prepared to think independently, make informed decisions, and communicate your ideas and opinions in clear and convincing manner. If you are willing to put in effort, you will be richly rewarded with vastly improved reading, writing, visual literacy and critical thinking skills. Here is something to chew on this summer.

Due Dates:
Both your Analysis Essay and Reader’s Response Journals are due August 4th at 9:00 AM.

AP Language and Composition is a rigorous, university level course. Students who do not complete the summer assignment on time will be dropped from the class. Plagiarism: Beginning the 2014-15 school year, The Columbus School will be using Turnitin, a sophisticated internet service for detecting plagiarism. Please be aware that plagiarism is a serious academic offence. All cases of plagiarism will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Manual de Convivencia and will result in the student’s removal from the course. Please, just learn to use http://www.easybib.com/ and do your own work, it’s better for both of us. I will be available for questions and assistance with your summer assignment after July 12th. Please feel free to contact me at dgold@columbus.edu.co.

AP Language and Composition Summer 2014 Assignment

Part I: Read the essays:

“What is Rhetoric” http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Encompassing%20Terms/rhetoric.htm “Content and Form” http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Encompassing%20Terms/Content%20and%20Form.htm

These two short essays will give you a brief introduction to the subject of rhetoric and help prepare you to complete the rest of the assignment. It is especially important that you are clear on the difference between content and form before you begin Part II of the assignment.

Part II: Create a glossary of rhetorical strategies and stylistic devices

Listed below are 12 rhetorical strategies and stylistic devices. These strategies and devices will be the start of a much larger glossary you will compile throughout the school year. Create a googledoc then, a) define each term and b) provide an example that you find useful. The sources listed below will provide you with both. Because these will be your personal notes, you may cut and paste freely without citations.

1) Allusion
2) Aphorism
3) Diction
4) Ethos
5) Euphemism
6) Hyperbole
7) Imagery
8) Irony (dramatic, situational, verbal)
9) Logos
10) Narrative point of view
11) Pathos
12) Tone

These webpages will provide you with a variety of accurate definitions and examples for the above terms: Shmoop: http://www.shmoop.com/literature-glossary/

American Rhetoric: Rhetorical Figures in Sound
Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric

Oxford Dictionaries

Literary Terms and Definitions

Part III: Read A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

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