• AP Language is a writing course organized by the national College Board and is very detailed in what they require. We will acquire the writing skills that will help students to:

    • Identify an author’s purpose and intended audience
    • Recognize rhetorical devices and strategies in an author’s work
    • Demonstrate understanding of citations in research papers
    • Apply these skills and techniques to their own writing
    • Create and organize an argument defended with evidence and reasoning
    • Plan, write, and revise cogent, well-written essay

    I am convinced that at the end of the semester the students' writing will have improved dramatically and be able to write papers at or near a collegiate level. 

    -Tom Papez





    Unit 1: Essential Concepts, suggested theme: “Education”

    Unit 2: Rhetorical Analysis, suggested theme: “Freedom & Equality” theme

    Unit 3: Argument Essentials, suggested theme: “Success” theme

    Unit 4: Advanced Argument, suggested theme: “Family”

    Unit 5: Style Study, suggested theme: “Memoir” theme

    Unit 6: Synthesis, suggested theme: “Food”

    Unit 7: Non-Fiction long text book club, theme depends on text

    Unit 8: Review - suggested theme: “Advocacy” theme

    Unit 9: Debate, “Finding Middle Ground” theme


    There is great variance in the themes as the teaching of writing will by cyclical in nature alternating between synthesis, rhetorical, and argumentative essays. Literature for the class will include American writings from the 1600s-1900 but also include important speeches and documents of the 20th Century.



    Unit 1: The Global Tapestry from 1200-1450

    Unit 2: Networks of Exchange from 1200-1450

    Unit 3: Land Based Empires

    Unit 4:Transoceanic Interconnections from 1450-1750

    Unit 5: Revolutions from 1750-1900

    Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization 1750-1900

    Unit 7: Global Conflict after 1900

    Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization

    Unit 9: Globalization after 1900


    There is a tremendous amount of writing in this class as well as massive amounts of information to be learned. The speed of learning the material will be placed behind the learning of the writing process and the time it takes to master content from one specific unit to the next.



    Unit 1: The Indus River Valley

    Unit 2: Africa & The Americas

    Unit 3: Asia

    Unit 4: Europe

    Unit 5: Middle Ages

    Unit 6: The New World

    Unit 7: Age of Revolution

    Unit 8: Imperialism & World War I

    Unit 9: World War II & Globalization


    World History will be more consistent with normal expected history classes using a routine of power point notes combined with meaningful classroom experiences that lead into productive assignments.