AP® English is a college-level class and allows students to earn college credits in high school. This class is uniquely created and is the only online class available that prepares students for two AP® tests in one year.
Students prepare for the following College Board tests in this 30-week course:
AP® English Literature & Composition
AP® English Language & Composition
This course has been approved by the College Board's AP® Course Audit Program and authorized for both examinations.
AP® English is a a year-long course. The first semester will be spent on thematic units exploring close reading of various texts from the Greeks through the 19th century and the second semester will focus on modernism and postmodernism paired with nonfiction articles.
This class offers a unique opportunity: two AP® preparations in one! This class also offers:
● The possibility of 12 college credits in one year (four semesters of college English)
● Lower textbook classes
● Essay-writing practice on a weekly basis
● Readings in both fiction and non-fiction
● Class discussion
● Papers that meet requirements for high school requirements that also prepare students for the AP® tests.
● Two full practice AP® examinations, graded and with feedback for the student.
This class is open to 11th and 12th graders who have already received high school English training.
The student does not have to have taken a formal literature class to be accepted but should still be well-read.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours a day to complete.
● Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Norton Critical Edition, 5th Ed, specifically ISBN 9780393264869)
● Everything's An Argument by Andrea Lunsford and John J Ruszkiewicz (7th ed, ISBN 9781319085759) Note: you do not need the version that includes readings. Readings will be provided in class.
● Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Folger Library 1992 ISBN 074347712X)
● How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster (provided in class, in ebook format, with a few chapters removed for inappropriate content)
● The Crucible by Arthur Miller
● Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Write from the Heart Student Success
AP® English has proved to be very successful for Write from the Heart students.
All of our students have passed the test with a score indicating successful master of the subject matter at a college level. Nationwide, only about 60% of all test takers passed the tests at this level.
A third of our students scored in the top 10% in the nation, and another third scored in the top 30% of the nation.
This AP® English course has been approved by the College Board's AP® Course Audit Program.
Veldorah Rice has received additional training to prepare her as an AP® English instructor. She has received the following accreditations specifically for teaching AP® English:
Summer Institute Instruction in AP® English Literature and Composition, University of California, Los Angeles, June-July 2008.
This six-week, 45-hour equivalent online course focused on training teachers in utilizing literature in the AP® classroom and how to most effectively teach readings in a way that is both wide and deep. The course was taught by Ellen Greenblatt, University High School in San Francisco; she is a member of the AP® Test Development Committee and of the SAT II Literature Test Development Committee. She also wrote the AP® English Literature Teacher’s Guide, the College Board’s official training manual.
Continuing Education Instruction in AP® English Language and Composition, La Roche College, October 10, 2008.
This all-day College Board course was held at in Pittsburgh, PA and focused on how to effectively prepare students for the essay portion of the AP® Language and Composition exam. It was taught by Don Stoll, Associate Professor at Rowan College, Glassboro NJ. Professor Stoll has been an AP® reader (essay test grader) for eight years, and for the past two years served as the Chief Reader (a college professor who has the responsibility of ensuring that students receive grades that accurately reflect college-level achievement).
College Board Course Audit Approval, September 15, 2008. Renewed in March 2020.
All instructors teaching courses designated as AP® must submit materials to the College Board for a Course Audit. These materials include a course-long syllabus, list of textbooks, assignment descriptions, class activities, and an explanation of how the course meets curricular requirements. An audit must be completed separately for EACH course. Veldorah has submitted audit information and been approved to provide instruction in both AP® English Language and Composition and AP® English Literature and Composition.
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