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Preparing for the AP * English Language and Composition Exam

This course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing and the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts.

Cost: Free


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About this Course This course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers through engagement with the following course requirements: Composing in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects Writing that proceeds through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teacher and peers Writing informally (e.g., imitation exercises, journal keeping, collaborative writing), which helps students become aware of themselves as writers and the techniques employed by other writers Writing expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions based on readings representing a variety of prose styles and genres Reading nonfiction (e.g., essays, journalism, science writing, autobiographies, criticism) Analyzing graphics and visual images both in relation to written texts and as alternative forms of text themselves Developing research skills and the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources Conducting research and writing argument papers in which students present an argument of their own that includes the analysis and synthesis of ideas from an array of sources Citing sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style) Revising work to develop: a wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively; a variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination; logical organization, enhanced by techniques such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis; a balance of generalization and specific, illustrative detail; and an effective use of rhetoric, including tone, voice, diction, and sentence structure. Learn more about our High School and AP* Exam Preparation Courses * Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.


  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Cindy Williams, Candyce Sweet, Dr. Martha Michieka, Shelly Ganter
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: EdX

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About EdX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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