251 AP® English Language & Composition-Semester 2 (Honors Strategies of Rhetoric and Research)

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: Minimum grade of B (3.33) in 250 AP English Language & Composition-Semester 1, a cumulative grade point average GPA of at least 3.33 and teacher approval.

AP® English Language & Composition-Semester 2 is a one semester course available to select juniors and seniors to fulfill one-half credit of their junior or senior English requirement. After fine-tuning their skills of topic selection, materials evaluation, and documentation procedures, students will focus on writing argumentative essays which are strengthened by formal methods of research. In addition, the student will continue to apply all techniques of effective writing emphasized in previous writing instruction.

This course may be taken for college credit. If student elects to take this course for college credit (St. Louis University course ENGL 1900, 3 credits), an additional fee will apply.


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

  1. Write original essays emphasizing various argument components.
  2. Locate fallacies in contemporary media.
  3. Employ public speaking and presentation skills.
  4. Conduct topical research by accessing a variety of research and database resources.
  5. Explain a print advertisement in terms of argument.
  6. Employ accurate MLA citation procedures.
  7. Identify the components of a formal argument.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to read visual text.
  9. Analyze research for bias and/or authority.
  10. Write using a formalized process.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. How claim, support, and warrant interact to create formal argument.
  2. How to create an argument with an effective claim. 
  3. How to write an argument based on definition. 
  4. The importance of providing different types of support in an argument. 
  5. How fallacies weaken argument and/or obscure issues. 


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