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Advanced Placement Language and Composition extends beyond mere “college prep,” challenging students instead to complete work equivalent to a college freshman composition and rhetoric course. The general purpose of the class is to help students understand and implement the principles of rhetoric. By the end of the year, students will understand when and how someone is attempting to influence them, and they will have practiced such influence within their own writing. Texts may include, but are not limited to: Shakespeare’s Henry V, Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, Gladwell’s Tipping Point, Capote’s In Cold Blood, and multiple works of non-fiction. This course prepares students for the English Language and Composition Advanced Placement Exam. Please note that the workload and academic content in this class are equivalent to a college freshman core composition class and require strong commitment and dedication.