This is a one-year course designed to meet both the 11th grade English graduation requirements as well as the criteria set forth by the College Board for AP English Language and Composition. The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum. The course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text— from a range of disciplines and historical periods. The critical reading skills that students gain through the close analysis of a wide variety of literary texts will gradually begin to serve them in their own writing as they grow increasingly aware of rhetorical techniques and their uses.