eEditions of the following textbooks after the year 2007 are appropriate for use in AP English Language & Composition. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. Readers, Handbooks, Style Guides, and Grammar Texts listed are not required for the course and may include texts published before the year above. A textbook may serve the purposes of these additional texts. Because college/university composition courses often use such texts and many AP English Language and Composition teachers rely on them, they are included and reviewed for your convenience. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP English Language & Composition classroom, please consult the Resource section of the online teacher community .
The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course teaches students to write with richness and complexity in order to communicate clearly with advanced readers. The essays written in this course are to be less formulaic and more engaging to the reader. The focus is on the essay’s content and purpose as well as the intended reader. The students also need to be able to use a variety of research materials in their writing and be able to synthesize these various sources in an effective matter. Sources need to be cited in a critical manner and students must evaluate the legitimacy and purpose of the source.