Mr. Christopher Smith

English Department Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach Chamblee High School

A.P. English Language and Composition


An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. 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 generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing (The College Board, AP English Course Description, May 2007, May 2008).


The goals of an AP English Language and Composition course are diverse because the college composition course is one of the most varied in the curriculum. The college course provides students with opportunities to write about a variety of subjects and to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose. But the overarching objective in most first-year writing courses is to enable students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives. Therefore, most composition courses emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. In addition, most composition courses teach students that the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing they must do in college is based on reading, not solely on personal experience and observation. Composition courses, therefore, teach students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style), and the American Psychological Association (APA). The AP English Language and Composition course follows this emphasis. As in the college course, its purpose is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. An AP English Language and Composition course should help students move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay that provides an introduction with a thesis and three reasons, body paragraphs on each reason, and a conclusion that restates the thesis. Although such formulaic approaches may provide minimal organization, they often encourage unnecessary repetition and fail to engage the reader. Students should be encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose, and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing ((The College Board, AP English Course Description, May 2007, May 2008).

Writing Advice from the New York Times [Learning Blog]

Reader Idea | Evaluating Arguments and Checking Sources [source: Learning Network New York Times]


EOCT Practice Test Websites [see Media Specialist for USA test prep login]

College / Senior Project

As you begin to make your plans for applying to college, please use the resource below.  The source is Chamblee English teacher James Demer, 

College Career Project Spring 2013.doc.pdf

Sample Student resume

resume sample for ap lang.docx





Quick Guide "Everything is an argument" [Class Essential]

40 Maps that Explain the World [source Washington Post]

Why is College Soooooo Expensive [source: Washington Post]

Informed Argument Textbook [abridged]

Strategies of Argument.pdf 

2014-2015 Syllabus

Advanced Placement United States history teacher Steve Rubino's Insights on 1968 [audio files]

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other
[just curiosity and enjoyment]

11th Grade English EOCT Review Materials

The Things They Carried [Supplemental materials]

How Photographs Told the Story of the Vietnam War 

Advanced Placement Language Test Handouts and Supplemental Materials

Cat Bill 9 Example ; Politics and Media Example

Advertisement Unit 2014

Advantages.pdf AnalyzingAds.pdf CommercialRubric.pdf CoomercialDig.pdf Demographics.pdf DigReflection.pdf 


 Rubrics Grading Assessment C. Smith.doc

 Some of the Best Ad Videos 

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Citizen of the World Weekly Activity

Intellectual Curiosity 

2014 Lesson Plans

2014 Argument 1 Samples

2014 Argument 2

2014 Radio Ad Project

C Smith Radio Project 2014.docx

Good Project Examples    [Annabelle Myo] lang 14-15/RENTABRIT.m4a [Eden Epstein]

An Unfinished Life Supplemental Materials

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