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Course SummaryCreate engaging lesson plans that will hold the interest of your students with our AP English language syllabus resource course. You can introduce technology into the classroom by showing the video lessons or adapt the quizzes and text lessons into your own teaching materials.
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You can use this AP English language course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of English language, from the fundamentals on how to read an essay to methods of citing sources. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific AP English language course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like literary nonfiction or examples of catharsis in literature.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on conjunctions includes key terms like coordinating conjunction, phrase, independent clause and correlative conjunction.
As you work on your AP English language lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like brainstorming essay ideas if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like writing transition sentences and proofreading for spelling and grammar.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from how to use similes to ways to evaluate reasoning in an essay, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on crafting a thesis for an essay or citing sources from magazines? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about exceptions to standard rules for singular and plural nouns and pronouns, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on revision and skill development, you can point your students to the transcripts on writing tips, how to practice essay writing, common writing mistakes, proofreading and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from clichés to key facts, like how to identify parts of speech in a sentence.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on types of essays? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Why is understanding the audience important when writing an essay?
Below is a sketch of the AP English language syllabus modeled on a 10-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Reading Essays - Basics||How to determine the main point of an essay, how to use context to determine the meaning of words, how to edit essays written by others|
|Week 2||Prose Nonfiction||Definition of nonfiction, differences in facts, persuasion and informed opinion, types of nonfiction, including business documents and literary nonfiction|
|Week 3||Rhetorical Devices||A look at many types of rhetorical devices, including foreshadowing, personification, metaphor and symbolism|
|Week 4||Types of Essays on the Exam||Strategies for exam writing, including tips on composing synthesis and analytical essays|
|Week 5||Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing||How to write for a particular audience, sentence structure, idioms, how to compose arguments, how to develop paragraphs|
|Week 6||Beginning the Writing Process:||How to develop a topic, how to come up with ideas, how to compose a thesis statement, how to structure an essay|
|Week 7||Writing and Structuring an Essay||How to compose an effective essay body, transition sentences, conclusions, components of a personal essay|
|Week 8||Writing Revision and Skill Development||How to write an essay quickly, tips for practice writing, proofreading|
|Week 9||Grammar Review||Parts of speech, punctuation and grammar rules|
|Week 10||Using Source Materials||Definition of plagiarism, how to create a works cited page, how to cite sources in various styles|
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