Self-Guided Tour:  Shea, The Language of Composition, 3e

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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 brief, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program.



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For over a decade, The Language of Composition has been the most successful textbook written for the AP® English Language and Composition Course. Now, its esteemed author team is back, giving practical instruction geared toward training students to read and write at the college level. The textbook is organized in two parts: opening chapters that develop key rhetoric, argument, and synthesis skills; followed by thematic chapters comprised of the finest classic and contemporary nonfiction and visual texts. With engaging readings and reliable instruction, The Language of Composition gives every student the opportunity for success in AP® English Language.

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Activity-driven introductory chapters introduce the key AP® English Language skills:

  • Chapter 1 —Introducing 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.
  • Chapter 3 — Analyzing Arguments teaches students to analyze the structure and techniques of argument and then 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. 

A thematic anthology of engaging classic and contemporary essays organized around engaging themes to stimulate critical thinking and classroom discussion. Voices such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Martin Luther King Jr., Rebecca Solnit, Jonathan Swift, and Virginia Woolf let students analyze and respond to rich interesting arguments on current and timeless issues.

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


New to this Edition

Increased Emphasis on Writing for the AP® English Language Exam
Our opening four chapters provide the reading and the writing support your students need to succeed in the AP® English Language course and on the exam. Chapter 1 lays the groundwork for understanding rhetoric, and Chapters 2-4 walk students through how to write effective, insightful rhetorical analysis essays, argument essays, and synthesis essays. 
Full-Color Design, and Emphasis on Visual Analysis.

The world is full of visual information and arguments, and students need to be equipped with critical skills to understand and analyze. In this Third Edition of The Language of Composition, we are putting a greater emphasis on understanding how visual arguments work, with Analyzing Visual Texts sections in the opening chapters, and engaging full-color photos, fine art, posters, infographics, charts, and graphs throughout the book, paired with probing analysis questions. 
Analyzing visuals isn’t on the exam, but we believe that it can help bring a text to life, foster creative analysis, and be a springboard to textual analysis for visually-oriented students. In this edition of The Language of Composition, we have made the book full color so that these visuals can be included in their original format right alongside the texts they inform. These visuals are never mere decoration; each image is accompanied with an analytical question connecting back to the text. 
New Chapter on Justice. This eternal idea is becoming increasingly vital in today’s world. In this new chapter on justice, we address timeless topics such as free speech, civil rights, vengeance, and guilt versus innocence. With readings that span the nineteenth century through the present day, this chapter will be sure to capture your students’ attention and spark dynamic class discussion.  
Five new conversations — on timely issues like the limits of free speech, whether college should be free, and the value of celebrity activism — feature questions that help students transition from comparison to synthesis.
130 new pieces of nonfiction include high-interest contemporary essays by writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Dylan, Atul Gawande, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Kristof, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Rebecca Solnit, Amy Tan, J. D. Vance, and Fareed Zakaria.
AP®-Style Exam Practice Right in the Book
This edition puts two sets of AP®-style multiple-choice at the end of each thematic chapter, and a sample exam at the end of the book to give all students a chance to encounter AP®-style items, and grow accustomed to both what is asked, and how it is asked. Multiple-choice, found in each thematic chapter, can also be good opportunities for formative assessment, class discussion, group work, and other in-class activities.
New Wrap-Around Teacher’s Edition. Forget everything you think you know about Teacher’s Editions. This invaluable tool, written by experienced AP® teachers is like an on-going workshop right in the margins of your book. With planning tools, lesson plans, just-in-time teaching ideas, and more, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.