AP Language and Composition

Course Description:
Advanced Placement Language and Composition focuses on all aspects of the Rhetorical Theory or the Art of Argument. Various genres of literature and non-fiction are read as students learn to apply the concepts associated with the Rhetorical Theory. Discussion, the writing process, research and evaluating resources are emphasized to strengthen critical thinking and the skills involved in constructing an argument as well as a counterargument.

If you are a student enrolled in AP Language and Composition for the 2021-2022 school year, consider the list of books below as optional reading for over the summer.   

Nonfiction Options

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Fiction Options 

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead