Payson High To Offer Advanced English Placement Course

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English lovers at Payson High School will have a new option for furthering their studies next year with the addition of an advanced placement English course.

Already, seniors could take an advanced placement literature class. The new class, advanced placement English language and composition, will expose both juniors and seniors to international authors and broaden their writing and reading skills.

Windy Jones will teach the class, and projected first-year enrollment is 50.

“I think it’s great and I’m looking forward to a new advanced placement class at the high school,” said school board member Barbara Underwood at a recent meeting.

AP Literature requires students to read and write about poetry, drama and fiction, while in the new language course, students will practice summarizing, paraphrasing, and studying the stylistic technique of authors.

Advanced placement courses are college-level, and students can earn college credit if they pass a test at the year’s end.

Composition classes for college freshmen typically encompass two, one-semester classes — one in expository writing and another in literature, according to a course description guide written by curriculum director Kathy Kay.

Many high schools offer AP language to juniors and literature to seniors, Kay wrote. However, the college board suggests giving students the opportunity to choose on their own.

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