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AP® Language and Composition

  • Name:

    AP® Language and Composition (ENGL510)

  • Department:

    Language Arts

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    English 2, English 3 or English 4, honors recommended; A grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year.

AP® Language and Composition


AP® Language and Composition is designed to strengthen each student’s writing abilities to analytical and persuasive depths. Students will be studying various genres of literature and writing and responding in formal, analytical essays. These essays will demonstrate the student’s knowledge and understanding of rhetorical appeals as well as persuasive techniques present within the author’s writing. This class will help prepare the student to take the AP® exam in Language and Composition at the end of the school year, but the class will not “teach to the test.” Journalistic pieces and classic literature will be studied with deeper analytical approaches than those in other language arts classes. Students will learn how to provide evidence of rhetorical appeals and persuasion within their formal essays, by designing various formal responses.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


Do you enjoy reading and analyzing literature at deeper levels? Would you like to earn credit for university Language and Writing courses, while growing in your writing and analytical skills? Pursuing an AP® course might be the direction for you.

The AP® Language and Composition course takes readers to deeper levels of thinking and responding. What message and tone is the author trying to convey? What rhetorical devices are writers implementing to reach a certain audience? This class will allow you to study various texts, and equip you with writing skills that take you beyond standard summarized writing, into deeper, analytical exploration. From classic literature pieces, to modern-day speeches and articles, we will study author and speaker techniques and discover original intent and societal responses. We will also hold these pursuits and endeavors up to God’s standard of Truth and respond with Biblical worldviews.

As we move throughout this course, we will prepare you with skills and writing practice for the Advanced Placement® Language and Composition Exam. Through weekly writing responses and formal essays, you become better equipped as a student and as a writer.

The learning journey offered in this course can be rigorous at times, but the growth that occurs in pursuing excellence in writing and communicating will equip you as you move forward in university and after-university life. Journeying in this AP® course might just be the direction for you.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

This course had a great variety of rhetoric practice and development and greatly increased my reading and analytical skills!

The group discussions in this course were engaging and interesting, as I always enjoy getting to see how certain people view certain things.

I really liked the encouragement that came with the course. It wasn’t all ‘do everything and do it by yourself’ but [my teacher] always made sure that I knew I could ask for her help at anytime. I also loved the deep dive into the Civil Rights Movement and Salem Witch Trials, as I think those eras are so fascinating.