This course focuses on composition and literature to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam. It is a rigorous course for those students who have excellent academic skills. Students will focus on extensive reading of non fiction, essays, short stories, drama, novels and poems and analysis of that reading through writing. Students will also be expected to demonstrate competency through writing essays exhibiting narration, description, argument, and exposition as well as produce research papers and timed writings. Students will become familiar with rhetorical techniques and how authors employ them. The course is based on the California State Standards. Students who obtain a score of 3 or better on the AP exam may receive college credit for the class. It is required for students to take the AP Exam at the end of the course.