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The Language of Composition: Reading - Writing - Rhetoric [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Renee H. Shea , Lawrence Scanlon , Robin Dissin Aufses
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May 14, 2007 031245094X 978-0312450946 First Edition
The ideal book for the AP* English Language course. The Language of Composition is the first textbook built from the ground up to help students succeed in the new 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 on reading and writing and an extensive selection of readings — including essays, poetry, fiction, and visual texts that are both interesting and appropriate for a high school audience — 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.
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A unique team of authors who are AP English Language specialists. Renée H. Shea is a university professor who has directed freshman English programs; Lawrence Scanlon and Robin Dissin Aufses are English department chairs at high schools where they also teach AP English. Both Renée Shea and Lawrence Scanlon have been involved with the AP program for many years as faculty consultants and workshop leaders for both the Language and Literature courses.

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  • Series: The Language of Composition
  • Hardcover: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031245094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312450946
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Content, Spartan Packaging March 17, 2008
The introductory chapters are informative and provide a solid basis for an AP Language and comp course. The mix of selections and themes appeals to a wide range of interests and allows for teachers to pick and choose. The smattering of poetry and fiction adds a dimension--more would be welcome to those of us who must combine the writing elements of the course with literature. An occasional dip beyond 1800 might also make this a more complete sampling.

The conversation sections that end each chapter provide great practice for the synthesis essays on the AP Exam.

By using actual examples from chapter texts, Grammar as Rhetoric and Style sections add a level of practicality that most grammar drills lack.

The lack of colors shouldn't be an issue for teachers, but if this is intended for high schoolers, the publishers should spring for at least some "technicolor" layouts in the next edition.

Other items missing: Examples in the glossary at the end of the book (the ones that appear on pp. 58-59 in reference to the JFK Inaugural are very helpful); Toulmin; "Yes...,but/No..., but"

On the whole a worthy first edition, best suited for teachers planning to emphasize non-fiction over fiction, poetry and drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for AP Language September 4, 2007
By New Mom
I am using this book for an AP Language and Comp class and I love it. It starts with a great foundation for students and the questions for the passages are very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! March 17, 2013
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Because I'm a teacher, I bought this book because it goes along with the new student addition. I like it a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for August 13, 2012
By csmc
Needed to replace a "lost" school book, and this was WAY cheaper than letting the school district charge me full retail price. Great condition.
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