Self-Guided Tour:  Shea, The Language of Composition, 2e

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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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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.


An introductory chapter on reading and writing arguments covers essential topics like claims, evidence, structure, fallacies, and the Toulmin model in an approachable and practical way.
Two new thematic chapters focus on Economics and the Environment.
Five new conversations — on timely issues like Materialism in American Culture, American Politics and the English Language, and Exporting American Pop Culture — feature questions that help students transition from comparison to synthesis.
80 new pieces of nonfiction include high-interest contemporary essays by writers such as Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Pollan, and Firoozeh Dumas, as well as classic nonfiction by writers like Walt Whitman and Benjamin Franklin.
A 32-page full-color insert faithfully reproduces all of the art in the text so students can fully analyze the rhetorical choices that went into their construction.
More activity-driven opening chapters let students practice their analytical skills using brief, approachable texts and visual texts.
A greatly expanded teacher's manual offers suggested responses to all of the questions in the book and potential approaches for teaching the full-length essays. A new AP Bootcamp section covers major teaching issues — from designing a curriculum to commenting effectively on student writing.
The free student site will now include reading quizzes as well as audio and video links to extend the conversation into the real world.