AP® Language & Composition A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course is a demanding, college-level class that prepares students for the AP* English Language and Composition exam in May. Students focus on becoming skilled readers of prose written from different time periods and rhetorical contexts, as well as becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Emphasis is on expository, analytical and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communications, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the ability to write in any context. Students should check with their intended college to see which AP* English exams may exempt them from freshmen English composition requirements. For a more extensive course description visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_englang.html?englang

AP courses have challenging time demands. Students taking AP courses should be able to dedicate significant time for reading and study each week. It is not recommended that students take this course a supplement to a regular core course, but in replacement of it.


Advanced Placement courses are open to all students, but students should be prepared for college-level work and have strong writing and analytical skills. Generally speaking, students below Junior or Senior level do not have the writing background to be successful in this course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  


Required Materials:

Most texts are provided in the course, but all students will need to acquire a copy of the following supplementary texts:
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Semester A), and “Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (Semester B)

Please note that all texts are chosen to align with official College Board AP Language and Composition expectations and requirements. Students learn to read and communicate with different perspectives in order to understand and debate among them. The teacher does not promote any specific perspective or sociopolitical position over any other. Please reach out to the course’s lead teacher with further inquiries.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Caitlin Skinner, Bozeman High School, caitlin.skinner@montanadigitalacademy.org


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815