Self-Guided Course Tours: The Language of Composition, 2nd Edition

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BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.

Each course contains short videos that review the AP® Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are all less than 3 minutes long, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program. At the end of the course, you'll receive a Program Guide to use as a reference of your materials, as well as a lesson planning guide to help you get started.

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The Language of Composition is the first textbook built from the ground up to help students succeed in the AP English Language course. Written by a team of experts with experience in both high school and college, this text focuses on teaching students the skills they need to read, write, and think at the college level. With practical advice and an extensive selection of readings — including essays, poetry, fiction, and visual texts — The Language of Composition helps students develop the key skills they must master to pass the course, to succeed on the AP Exam, and to prepare for a successful college career. Revised based on feedback from teachers across the country, the second edition promises to be an even better resource for the AP Language classroom.


Introductory chapters teach the skills essential for success.

  • Chapter 1 — An Introduction to Rhetoric teaches students to analyze and use rhetorical strategies, including the rhetorical triangle, classical appeals, and visual rhetoric.
  • Chapter 2 — Close Reading guides students in analyzing diction and syntax with an emphasis on their rhetorical effects.
  • New! Chapter 3 — Reading and Writing Arguments teaches students to analyze the structure and techniques of argument and then to construct their own.
  • Chapter 4 — Synthesizing Sources introduces students to the analysis and use of sources and leads them through the process of writing the kind of synthesis essay that appears on the AP exam.

Carefully developed apparatus throughout the book picks up on the skills taught in the opening chapters, letting students hone their analytical skills and craft their own arguments.

A diverse and engaging collection of readings is organized around thought-provoking themes and includes voices such as Martin Luther King Jr., Jonathan Swift, Stephen Jay Gould, and Barbara Ehrenreich.