Pre-AP English Course Description:
*Course Required for Graduation.* The course is designed to present a wide range of reading experiences with print and non-print materials that have literary, informational, persuasive, and practical purposes. The course also require students to use the writing process and criteria for effective writing to demonstrate their abilities to write in a variety of forms and for multiple audiences and purposes. Students use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-learning strategies to make sense of their reading and thinking experiences. Speaking, listening, and observing skills are used to communicate information for a variety of authentic purposes. In addition, students continue to integrate inquiry skills and technology to communicate ideas. Course adheres to Kentucky Core Academic Standards requirements.
The basic difference between AP English and “regular” English is the linking of form to meaning. In the past, students were taught the form-historical background of literature, themes, tone, character development, conflict, and other elements of literature- but often did not learn to connect the language-the way the words work together on the page with meaning. This connection-this linking-must be clear to students in the next two years if they are to excel not only on the AP exams, but in college classes. Pre-AP students should also develop high fluency, creativity, and a sense of risk-taking in writing fully developed essays, short paragraph answers, highly structured responses to specific questions, and original poetry. The task of freshmen teachers is challenging, for their objective is to make readers, writers, and learners out of new high school students.