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NHHS English Classes for Sophomores: 2020-2021

Sophomores have three English classes to choose from: Composition and Literature 2, AP Language and Composition, or AP Literature and Composition

Comp-Lit 2 is a continuation of Comp-Lit 1.  Students will read an assortment of both fiction and nonfiction, and will write a wide variety of texts.

AP Language and Composition students will:

  • Read a variety of nonfiction, including speeches, news articles, editorials, advertisements, and personal essays, as well as some fiction.
  • Write a range of argumentative essays and creative pieces.
  • Develop their rhetorical analysis skills by examining texts in relation to their audience, purpose, context, and style, including the rhetorical appeals.
  • Develop and argue their own viewpoints on a range of contemporary topics.

AP Literature and Composition students will:

  • Read a variety of fiction, including novels, plays, and poetry, as well as some non-fiction.
  • Write a range of literary analysis essays and creative pieces.
  • Develop their literary analysis skills by examining the author’s style choices and how they convey purpose and meaning.
  • Develop and argue their own viewpoints on a range of universal topics presented in literature.

In many respects, the two AP classes are similar:

  • Both classes have a required entrance essay for current Comp-Lit 1 and 3 students.
  • Both classes expect students to participate in free-choice reading over the summer.
  • Both classes are college-level classes.  Most colleges and universities will give college credit to students who pass the AP Test.
  • Both classes teach skills that will facilitate college readiness.
  • Students enrolled in either class will receive a grade bump.
IB English For Our Current Sophomores

Juniors have three options for English: CompLit 3, IB Literature, and IB Language/Literature.  A description of each is available here: Junior English.

Students in regular sophomore English (CL2) who are ready for more challenge are welcome to take either of the IB English classes. There is no entrance essay, but students must express their interest to their current teacher by filling out the google form provided in class. 

AP English Sign Up

AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition both provide great opportunities for current freshmen or juniors to take a higher level English class. Interested students will need to express their interest to their current teacher by filling out the google form provided in class.  There is no entrance essay.  Please visit the link below for a description of each course.

Benefits of being in AP Language and Composition:

  • grade bump (A = 5.0 grade points, B = 4)
  • college credit if you pass the AP test
AP English Essays

Below are examples of essay prompts from each class

AP LANGUAGE PROMPTS

  1. Using appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, and/or experience, write a carefully reasoned essay defending, challenging, or qualifying* the assertion that humans will ignore objective facts in order to conform.
  2. Using appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, and/or experience, write a carefully reasoned essay defending, challenging, or qualifying* the assertion that entertainment has the capacity to ruin society.

*To “qualify” an assertion, you neither agree nor disagree with it as it stands; rather, you offer additional conditions or limits to the claim.  If the claim is “Dogs are better than cats,” you might qualify it by saying “Well-trained dogs are better than cats,” or “Dogs are better than cats if you have a yard.”

AP LITERATURE PROMPTS

  1. Write an essay in which you discuss the theme of a young person growing up in one of the works you have read.

Write an essay in which you analyze how appearances are different than reality in one of the works you have read.

Lexile Measure of Your Book

Measure the Lexile level of the book your reading.   

A rough indicator...   

9th grade: 850-1150    

10th: 900-1200

11 & 12th: 940-1210