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AP Language and Composition
AP English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev--Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
President Reagan, June 12, 1987
''And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door''
''I didn't want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.'' --Perry Smith, convicted killer
''Candide is a relentless, brutal assault on government, society, religion, education, and, above all, optimism.''
AP Lang Aligns with College Curriculum:
''Underlying our mission is the recognition that individuals and societies create and transform themselves in and through language—that language is the primary means by which all people express themselves, make sense of the world, frame questions, deepen understanding, cultivate aesthetic awareness, solve problems, and take action.''
Virginia Tech English Dept.
''building academic arguments, audience analysis, cohesion, focus, and style....''
--UVA English Dept.