The English Portal



Here you will find important documents for your class. Use the links below to download important forms and guidelines for your class.

2018-2019 AP English Language and Composition Syllabus

Important Policies

Late Work Policy (Please see policy in the 2018-2019 syllabus for this class)

Critical Terms Glossary

We will use our own glossary in this class.  This glossary contains the critical terms on which we will focus for analysis and discussion of an author's language choices.  The glossary provided to you here and in class is subject to change as the class develops and we potentially add new critical language to our repertoire.



Each paper you compose for this class must adhere to MLA standards. Use the document below to guide you as you format your paper. Please see your teacher or the media specialists for guidance if you have questions.

MLA Format

All longer pieces of writing must be submitted to  Please refer to your course page for log-in information and course IDs.  The document below provides you with directions for creating an account and submitting a document. Log-In and Submission Directions

Peer Review

Peer reviewing is a practice in which we will engage a great deal this year.  Please follow the directions on how to engage critically in your peers' work and remember, peer reviewing is not only intended to help the person whose paper you are critically examining.  Peer reviewing also provides you with the necessary critical skills to examine your own writing.

Guide to Peer Review 

Active Reading

Close reading is an integral part of the AP English Language and Composition class. Actively engaging in a conversation with a text has a number of benefits. It helps us to understand the text on a deeper level, highlights trouble areas of the text where clarification or deeper consideration are needed, focuses us on some the greater stylistic elements of the writer, and ultimately acts as a support in answering deeper questions about that text.

Below, you will find materials to help your close readings of texts. You received this material in class as well. The organizers for dialectical journals and graphic organizer notes are provided. Please remember, though, that you may (and most likely will) need more than one sheet for each of these close reading options.

Close Reading Guide

Seminar and Online Discussions

Conversations about texts can happen in a number of different ways. We spend much time examining a text for all of its rhetorical nuances. This analysis is conducted independently, in small groups, and as a larger class. The seminar and online discussion format allows for us to extend this analysis, asking us to critically listen to the ideas from others in our class and responding to those ideas in an insightful and probing manner. Please use the documents below to help guide you in these activities.

Discussion Board Guide

Discussion Board Rubric

Seminar Discussion Guide

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