AP English Language
On-Line for the 2022-2023 School Year
Teacher: Alexia Trott
Tuition: $750 Early Bird / $800 After July 1
Length of Course: Friday, August 19, 2022 to Friday, May 12, 2023. This will include breaks for major U.S. holidays and seasonal breaks.
Course Description: This is a college-level course to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam by engaging in critical reading, writing, and discussion. The stated purpose of the course (from the
College Board) is to “emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication.” To accomplish this goal, we learn to read texts closely to determine the author’s purpose and means of conveying his or her message. In addition to literature, we engage in analysis of images and audio recordings to better understand the processes of communication and persuasion. Our goal is to develop skills in describing, explaining, and arguing through examining texts from various time periods and genres and through writing formal and informal responses to them in various modes. We also complete timed essays and practice tests to help prepare students for the AP exam.
Course Outlook: How I generally run my composition course is that I will take students through a progression of how to write using different styles of texts and themes as examples. The start of the course will focus heavily on rhetoric, rhetorical devices, a study of classical writing, and answering "what is argument and how do I write one?". The course will introduce more styles of assignments as students progress in their writing, with regular essay assignments and exam-oriented practice testing. By the end of the course, the goal is for students to not only be prepared for the AP test, but for collegiate level writing as well.
Workload: Expect weekly reading excerpts, short responses, written discussions, multiple choice questions, and short video lectures. This class is asynchronous, but students should expect daily work, except for major writing assignments and practice testing periods.
Meeting: There will be a period of time each week however where I will be available for answering questions during a live session. Otherwise, please email me and I will be more than happy to set up a time to video chat with you. I am flexible with deadlines in the case of emergencies or illness if contacted via email ahead of time. Students will receive grades and feedback from myself directly on their work as well as detailed feedback on all major writing assignments. I will submit a grade to PA Homeschoolers at the end of each semester for transcript purposes, but information on grades is available to students and parents through Canvas at any point during the semester.
Technology: This course will use Canvas and so students must have access to the internet in order to use Canvas and complete assignments. Video calls can be made via Zoom, however I am flexible in working to accomodate students. Students should also have access to their emails for occasional updates/information.
- The Elements of Style (Fourth Edition) by Strunk and White
- Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric With Readings (Tenth Edition) by Ramage, Bean, and Johnson
- “They Say, I Say”: The Moves That Matter (Fifth Edition) by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst
Tentative Texts: (Readings will be provided if used for class purposes)
- The Elements of Rhetoric — How to Write and Speak Clearly and Persuasively: A Guide for Students, Teachers, Politicians & Preachers by Topping
- Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Leith
- The Art of Rhetoric by Aristotle
- Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students by Crowley and Hawhee
Other Formats: Sermons, Speeches, Essays, Narrative Nonfiction, Philosophy, and other material will be added to the official syllabus.
- 1984 by Orwell
- Brave New World by Huxley
- Silent Spring by Carson
- Oneness VS The 1% by Shiva
- Walden by Thoreau
- Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
- As You Like It by Shakespeare
- Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
- The Glass Castle by Wiesel
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Douglass
- Selections from Thomas Sowell
Instructor Qualifications and Background: I completed college in three years, maintained a position in the honors program throughout those three years, and graduated in the Spring of 2021 from Rosemont College with a BA in English language and literature. I switched from pursuing an MFA in creative writing to what I am currently pursuing which is an MA from the University of North Dakota in English. At the same time, I am working as a graduate teaching assistant teaching composition to college freshmen. I have worked as a writing tutor at the Harrisburg Area Community College of Lancaster and a philosophy tutor at Rosemont College. I also have worked as an editor for Cabrini University and Rosemont College’s literary magazines Woodcrest and Thorn. My interests lay in writing a variety of genres from academic to fiction. I currently live in Grand Forks North Dakota with my dog Willow and will be getting married in July this summer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out using my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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