English Language Arts (ELA) is more than reading and writing. ELA involves:
- Communicating effectively in various places for many different audiences and reasons
- Selecting appropriate forms, structures and technology for a variety of contexts
- Understanding, appreciating and creating a broad range of texts (including multi-media, visual, oral, and print)
Starting with English 10‐1 Pre‐AP and 20‐1 Pre‐AP, students can appreciate the literature not only for its meaning but also for their own personal gratification. They should be able to recognize structure, style, archetypes and themes, as well as such smaller‐scale elements like the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, syntax, and tone. Students experience, interpret and evaluate poetry, short fiction, novel, drama and non‐fiction essays. This includes literature from British, Canadian, American, and international writers, as well as works written from the 16th century up to contemporary times. By the time students complete both English 30‐1 and English Literature and Composition 35, they will be prepared to write the AP exam in May that includes both multiple choice and three critical, analytical written responses.
"English comes alive in AP and I love the fact that I am in a class with people who adore the subject as much as me." - Allison C.