Integrated Viewpoints on Modern America/AP English Language and Composition (05990031)

Integrated Viewpoints on Modern America/AP English Language and Composition (05990031)


2.0 Credits; Weighted
Length: Year; Format: Double Period, Meets Daily
Grade(s): 11

Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation or Gifted Identification. This team-taught course, third in a sequence of four interdisciplinary courses, combines study of American history, politics, literature and culture, on a high honors level. The approach to curriculum is both chronological and thematic, and reflects essential questions about the American character. Readings include primary and secondary documents and extend into the related arts with particular attention to the genre of film. Methods used include active discussions, examinations of current political and social issues, lecture, group work, simulations, and presentations. Along the way, a variety of expository and creative writing assignments call on students to synthesize, argue, and analyze. The involvement of both teachers in delivery and assessment enriches the curriculum and increases students’ awareness of varied points of view, new ideas, and core information about their national culture. The Parallel Curriculum approach allows students to connect history and literature as well as extend their studies into individualized areas of practice and interest. (S)