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All About AP & AP Lang

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Jillian Viveiros

on 8 July 2015

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Transcript of All About AP & AP Lang

All About AP
(Advanced Placement)

What is AP (Advanced Placement)?
The Stereotypes...
What is
AP English
The Goals of the Course
opportunities to write about a variety of subjects from a variety of disciplines
to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose
to enable students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives
to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers
to move beyond the five paragraph essay
Don't focus completely on your
grade; focus on learning.

What is traditionally said...
You will get less sleep while taking AP
Your teachers might be more strict than you are used to.
There will be more work than YOU THINK you can handle (but you can)
The work might seem impossible at times, but it's not.
Your social life will be different
Everything you learn will be on the test.
You need to do ALL of the work.
You will need to plan on spending most of your evening on homework.
Did I mention that it's all about the test?

AP classes are designed to teach high school students at the college level so that they can receive college credit before getting there.
With more than 30 courses in a wide variety of subject areas,
AP provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level.
Only courses using syllabi that meet or exceed the college-level curricular and resource requirements for each AP course are authorized to carry the “AP” label.

In other words: the class needs to be hard otherwise we cannot
get the designation from The College Board; this is not Mrs. Whiskers' fault.
More than 90 percent of four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant students credit, placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores.
AP Exam Scores
The Readers’ scores on the free-response questions are combined with the results of the computer-scored multiple-choice questions
the weighted raw scores are summed to give a composite score. The composite score is then converted to a score on AP’s 5-point scale.
While colleges and universities are responsible for setting their own credit and placement policies, AP scores signify how qualified students are to receive college credit or placement:

5 Extremely well qualified (A+/A)
4 Well qualified (A-/B+/B)
3 Qualified (B-/C+/C)
2 Possibly qualified (D)
1 No recommendation (Failing)
Your grade in the class is not based on
what you score on the AP test;
however, if
you have a high grade in the class, it reflects
that you have done the work well and are
most likely going to score well on the AP exam.
Words of Wisdom...

Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

FICTION. (Non-stories: articles, speeches, historical
documents, advertisements, etc.)

"Wait a second.....I thought this was
English class! What do you mean we
won't be reading novels?"

This is not your traditional English class.
Instead of focusing on literature, we will be focusing on the English language itself.

Meaning how and why authors use the words and phrases that they do.

We will read two novels in the winter time.
Science and Technology
The Arts
Health and Medicine
and History
You will be able to:
In addition, most composition courses teach students that the expository, analytical and argumentative writing they must do in college is based on reading as well as on personal experience and observation.
College writing programs recognize that skill in writing proceeds from students’ awareness of their own composing processes: the way they explore ideas and draft and revise their work. This experience of the process of composing is the essence of the first-year writing course, and the AP English Language and Composition course should emphasize this process,
asking students to write essays that proceed through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teacher and peers.
Although these extended, revised essays are not part of the AP Exam, the experience of writing them will help make students more self-aware and flexible writers and thus may help their performance on the exam itself.
Write down:
* 3 effective behaviors of an AP Language scholar,
*2 things that you learned about the AP or AP Language program and
*one question that you still have.
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