AP Literature vs. AP Language

Students have a choice when it comes time to pick their English class for their senior year at TJ. This table explains the difference between AP English Literature and Composition vs. AP English Language and Composition. 

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 AP English Literature & CompositionAP English Language & Composition
What will you
Imaginative literature: prose (novels), poetry, dramaNonfiction writing: memoirs, cultural commentaries,
essays, personal reflections
Which skills will
you learn?

Literary Interpretation

  • Exploring character, setting, structure, perspective,
    theme, and figurative language
  • Evaluating a literary work by making and explaining
    judgments about its artistry
  • Exploring a work’s underlying social and cultural
    values through analysis, interpretation, and
  • Focusing on specific words and details to build a
    literary interpretation





Rhetorical Analysis and Persuasive Argument

  • Evaluating sources of information
  • Reading closely, analyzing and interpreting a piece
    of writing
  • Gathering evidence from multiple sources
  • Evaluating the persuasive effects and rhetorical
    choices made by a writer or speaker
  • Understanding the persuasive effects of visual texts,
    e.g., advertising, documentaries, political ads and/or





What will you

Expository, analytical, and argumentative essays
analyzing and interpreting literary works from different
historical periods and various cultures

  • Poetry analysis
  • Prose fiction analysis (close reading of an extract of
    prose fiction)
  • Literary argument on a novel or work of drama

Persuasive writing about contemporary issues and
analytical writing examining a writer’s rhetorical

  • Synthesis (writing evidence-based arguments)
  • Rhetorical analysis (analyzing and evaluating a
    writer’s persuasive techniques)
  • Persuasive argument (writing arguments based on
    your own experience and evidence)
What will you do
in class?
Small and large group discussions; individual, informal
Small and large group discussions; individual, informal
What kinds of
work will you
Individual and group projects and presentations; literary
analysis; personal narrative; creative writing
Individual and group projects and presentations;
argumentative writing, personal narrative writing,
rhetorical analysis practice
How might
colleges view the
Introductory, college-level literature courseIntroductory, college-level composition and literary analysis
Paired HUM
Can collaborate with AP US Government as Senior
Can collaborate with AP US Government as Global