Advanced is taken in the Fall.
AP is taken in the Spring. (register for both courses)
Course Description: In this course students will learn to use the characteristic modes of discourse (narration, description, cause and effect, definition, persuasion, etc.) and to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through speaking, listening, reading, and critical analysis, but chiefly through the experience of their own writing, students will become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, diction, and tone. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and mastering styles of various discourses, particularly argumentation; the primary literary focus here is nonfiction, fiction, and drama. An AP course is challenging and stimulating and takes substantially more preparation than other high school courses. It also gives greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment and goes into great depth. Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year.