Please be sure to also attach This web-based distance writing AP English Language and Composition course spans seven months, ending in April just before the exam is administered, and consists of fourteen lessons – completed every two weeks, the majority culminating in a formal essay – along with accompanying readings, discussions and writing workshops.
In response to student essays, instructors comment on form, style, and content, generally holding students’ work to college-level standards.
Exposure to classical rhetoric, including a study of schemes and tropes and the use of the Aristotelian appeals, increases understanding of and access to critical reading and writing skills. The process letter accompanying each lesson is an informal self-assessment of about a page in length, in which students are invited to explain and evaluate their process, from planning through drafting and proofreading/revision. Washington and Others,” and answer questions about each author’s purpose and audience as well as the influence of his background upon the position he takes.
Most lessons focus on an examination of past AP testing prompts, responses and scoring guides, and composition of persuasive arguments and rhetorical analyses similar to those found on the exam and in college classrooms. Using this guide, they analyze rubrics and model student essays as well as writing their own essays in response to specific prompts. They discuss what worked best for them in the planning stage, how they budgeted their time, what rhetorical and stylistic elements worked best within their essays, and what they would do differently for a better result. Students are required to post at least three thoughtful, substantive comments of at least half to three quarters of a page for each discussion.
Their response to these essays is included in their process letter.
After making a brief chart of evidence, students then write rhetorical analysis essays comparing two passages by Virginia Woolf (97).
Critiques explain successes and delineate problems needing further work.
Along with instructor feedback, each student receives at least one workshop critique from his or her peers in the class, and completes one comprehensive revision based upon comments.
Effort, and improvement over time, are considered in the assignment of a grade, especially as the course progresses.
Process letters are graded based upon the amount of time and effort they reflect.