AP U.S. Government and Politics
This course provides high school students with college-level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric, and expository writing. Students become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Both reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as how writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing. This course will effectively prepare students for the AP Exam by enabling them to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts while developing further communication skills on a college level.
Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of rhetorical analysis by explaining the elements of rhetoric, describing the rhetorical strategies in a variety of texts, and analyzing the meaning of the texts.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by explaining argumentative structure, describing logical fallacies, analyzing arguments, and creating argumentative essays.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of developing commentary by analyzing the structure and diction of literary works and creating essays that critique the authors’ craft.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of author style by describing the elements of style, creating a pastiche that imitates written style, analyzing speeches and spirituals, and creating an essay that critiques style.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of satire by describing the elements of satire and analyzing satirical works.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the synthesis essay by describing the elements of a synthesis essay and creating a synthesis essay that incorporates information from provided sources.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of evaluating rhetoric by analyzing argumentative essays, critiquing the use of rhetoric in a memoir, creating an argumentative essay utilizing rhetorical devices, and creating a self-assessment of their argumentative essay.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of representations of American culture in nonfiction writing by analyzing nonfiction works and creating a synthesis-style argumentative essay on a cultural issue in a nonfiction text.
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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