Ms. Melanie Dubose » AP Lang Syllabus

AP Lang Syllabus

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AP Language and Composition - Syllabus Fall 2021

This class meets Period 1


Ms. DuBose 

(Conference Period 8)

After School Tutoring Thursdays 3:30-4:30


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This course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Language and Composition Course Description. The course requires that students read non-fiction (primarily) from a variety of genres, including speeches, essays, journals, diaries, political writing, history, journalism, science writing, nature writing, autobiographies/biographies, and criticism. The works read cover a wide span of time, as well, from 1600’s to the present.


The central question of this course revolves around what meaning is communicated by the author?  What is the context? What rhetorical strategies are being used by the author to communicate this meaning. Students consider what the author is saying, why they are saying it, how they are saying it, and who is the intended audience.


  • The course requires that students write both short and long responses to the readings wherein they analyze the author’s rhetorical choices.


  • The course provides opportunities for the students to write argumentative essays and that they synthesize material from a variety of sources.


  • Students will take their essays through the writing stages from brainstorming to first and final draft, conferring with peers and with the teacher.



AP Lang students are expected to take the AP exam.


The class is designed to be a safe place where students help each other to reflect and analyze and present different positions or points of view. Students help each other, with input and guidance from the teacher, in the writing process. The teacher facilitates discussions using various means including Socratic seminars. The teacher also has one-to-one writing conferences with students.


The students will write formal essays and also short responses to specific prompts. One tenet of the class is that writing is a conversation with the material read. This conversation may be occurring over centuries. The students are involved in and continuing a discussion that may have started long ago and what they have to say matters. Writing, and this includes student writing is a tool for engagement with the world. As the students read and analyze rhetorical strategies, they will learn to use these tools of effective speech in their own writing.


Resources: All students have access to a computer and the internet.

All students have the textbook: Language and Composition: The Art of the Voice, AP Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill

And access to the online edition of The Language of Composition. Reading Writing Rhetoric Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martin












Approaching Proficiency

Not Yet Approaching Proficiency

Or Did Not Attempt



Working Toward Excellence

Could Show Proficiency with Assistance

Could Not Show Proficiency Even with Assistance





Below 67

Below 57







Our AP Classroom Site on College Board

Students take personal progress checks (multiple choice and extended response or essay) on the College Board site at the end of each unit. We also use our AP Classroom site to access the daily AP Videos.


There are 9 main units are designed to engage students in writing that has relevance in their lives today, from the government’s role safeguarding the rights of citizens to women’s rights, civil rights, social justice, environmental justice, the environment, and mental health. Each unit is designed to address specific standards and elements central to AP. 


Grading Policy

AP Rubrics are used to grade specific types of essays.


  • Any assignment with a C can be redone for a higher grade.


  • Any assignments with a grade lower than a C can and should be redone.


  • Tutoring is available and assignments are accepted late. Alternate work addressing the same standard can also be submitted for credit.


  • Assignments, in general, are accepted late with some restrictions. Assignments must be completed within the grading period assigned and late assignments are not accepted the week that grades are due.


  • Attendance is important. It is difficult to make up an assignment that is discussion-based. The assignment will not have a grade if the student’s absence was excused. Please contact me for an additional assignment that meets the same standards.