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AP Language and Composition

Dear AP Student:

Welcome to AP Language and Composition, a course primarily designed to teach you the art of rhetoric, a fancy English teacher word for effective persuasive writing and analysis. This class will help you become a student of language, to make you intimately familiar with the various strategies writers use to achieve their writing objectives, strategies you will both analyze and employ in your own writing.

In some ways this is the indispensable class, for it is the foundation upon which the vast majority of academic pursuits are built. Every time you write an essay, explain a problem, or give a presentation, you are using rhetoric. The better rhetorician you become, the greater your ability to chart your own course. To use language well is to provide clearer vision for your dreams, greater advocacy for yourself, and deeper understanding of others.

On top of all this, it’s fun. Movies, memes, and memories all exist in language.

To help get you started on this wonderful journey, outlined below is your summer reading assignment.

Summer Reading Selection – Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs 4th edition

The fourth edition may be purchased at

Read the first thirteen chapters of the book and complete the activities below at the end of each chapter.

  1. For each chapter, choose a rhetorical concept to focus on.
  2. Summarize the concept in your own words.
  3. Find a text based example to apply each concept to and follow it with an MLA entry . You may use snippets from novels, speeches, online articles, etc.
  4. Write a minimum four sentence explanation of how the concept can be applied to the text.

There should be a total of thirteen different reflections by the end of the assignment.

A more comprehensive guide can be found in the following:

If you have any questions, please feel open to contacting Mrs. Espree, [email protected], or Mr. Nebrida, [email protected]

Looking forward to meeting you all,

Your AP Language and Composition Teachers