English 4 Course Description


    Students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts with an emphasis on British literature and compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail with an emphasis on college and/or career. Students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information again with an emphasis on college/workplace. Students listen and respond coherently to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas logically in conversations and in groups. Students will learn how to effectively use oral and written conventions in speaking and writing.

    AP ENGLISH IV (Literature and Composition)
    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test to receive college credit, and to prepare them for entry into a college level English course. Students carefully read and critically analyze imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course and exam. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Additional outside reading for this course will be required,including summer reading and analysis for which students will be held accountable for on the first day of class
    Students and parents will be required to sign and abide by the Grand Prairie ISD PreAP/AP contract.