How do you teach AP Literature and Composition in the same class? I have two classes for AP Literature and Language Composition, but would like to teach both subjects for each class. I'm thinking about dividing the students in classes depending on their placement grades. It's a big change, but it would enable me to provide a more thorough and general understanding of the english language. Any suggestions on how to teach two subjects in one class?

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The focus of the two courses is very different.  I do not think combining them is the best idea.  If you have two sections, I would focus on the AP Language Course with one and AP Literature witht he other.  You have to get a syllabus approved, so either way you have to write two- one for each course to be approved by the College Board.

If you absolutely have to do this, I would choose fiction books that can also be analyzed for rhetorical strategies.

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Check with you school and your state to see what the requirements and restrictions are for a class that is going to be promoted as an AP class. If you get the approval, take plenty of time to plan, troubleshoot, and plan some more. Many programs with good potential are ruined through a too hasty rush to get them going. If things work the way they are, don't be in too much of a hurry. The old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure holds true.

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