In this course, students will expand their critical, creative, and analytical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as refining their speaking and listening skills. Students will develop their ability to closely read and interpret increasingly complex literature and informational texts, and they will be introduced to the requirements and expectations of formal writing and speaking through authentic, performance-based assessments for a variety of purposes and audiences.


In this course, students will develop their critical, analytical, and creative reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening skills, building upon the foundations of English 9. Students will develop their ability to closely read and interpret increasingly complex literature, informational, and persuasive texts. Students will strengthen their skills in formal writing and speaking through authentic, performance-based assessments for a variety of purposes and audiences.


This course, designed to help students increase their academic readiness for college and post-secondary education, will focus on the study of literature where students not only become aware of the great, controversial, and beautiful ideas contained in literary history, but also examine the interactions between the writer’s purpose, subject, and audience expectations.  Required readings will include The Great Gatsby and A Raisin in the Sun, with other opportunities for students to have choice over the books they read and analyze.  


This course, designed to help students increase their academic readiness for college, will focus on the study of informational texts and literature, both modern and from long ago, written by people from many racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Through required all-class reads as well as opportunities for student-choice, students will grow in their understanding of their world and the worlds of others. Writing assessments will provide opportunities for students to find and develop their own writing voices, modifying it for purpose, audience, and task.


According to The College Board’s Course and Exam Description most recently published, “The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text— from a range of disciplines and historical periods...The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum..” Students’ work in this course is designed to prepare them for the A.P. English Literature exam in Spring. 


According to The College Board’s Course and Exam Description most recently published, “In the AP English Literature and Composition course, students devote themselves to the study of literary works written in—or translated into—English. Careful reading and critical analysis of such works of fiction, drama, and poetry...provide rich opportunities for students to develop an appreciation of ways literature reflects and comments on a range of experiences, institutions, and social structures. Students will examine the choices literary writers make and the techniques they utilize to achieve purposes and generate meanings...The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literature and writing curriculum.” Students’ work in this course is designed to prepare them for the A.P. English Literature exam in Spring.