250 AP® English Language & Composition-Semester 1 (Honors Process of Composition)

1 semester, ½ credit (With East Central College option)

Required for juniors not taking 236 English III and for seniors not taking 246 English IV or 252 AP® English Literature and Composition.

Prerequisites: For juniors, minimum grade of B (3.33) in 225 Advanced English II, and teacher approval. For seniors, minimum grade of A- in 236 English III, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.33 and teacher approval.

AP®  English Language & Composition-Semester 1 is a one-semester course available to select juniors and seniors to fulfill one-half credit of their junior or senior English requirement. Students will focus on writing as a process culminating in coherent, comprehensive papers. Students will explore a variety of purposes as they create papers demonstrating appropriate diction, style, originality, mechanics, and usage.

This course may be taken for college credit. If a student elects to take this course for college credit (St. Louis University course ENGL 1500, 3 credits), an additional fee will apply.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Employ correct MLA standards, along with proper mechanics, style, voice, and sentence fluency while writing essays of various types.
  2. Write coherent, sustainable, and original works.
  3. Practice reading visual media.
  4. Examine footage of a written event and compare it to its written equivalent.
  5. Identify and write clear thesis statements.
  6. Imitate assigned patterns and purposes of writing.
  7. Write with audience in mind.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. How to implement the writing process.
  2. Common composition pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  3. How to approach a variety of texts and employ critical reading strategies. 

This curriculum was last updated on January 27, 2021 by the English Department.