AP English Language & Composition: Example
Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP English Language & Composition. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

eEditions of the following textbooks after the year 2007 are appropriate for use in AP English Language & Composition. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. Readers, Handbooks, Style Guides, and Grammar Texts listed are not required for the course and may include texts published before the year above. A textbook may serve the purposes of these additional texts. Because college/university composition courses often use such texts and many AP English Language and Composition teachers rely on them, they are included and reviewed for your convenience. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP English Language & Composition classroom, please consult the Resource section of the online teacher community.

Index of Textbooks

Atwan, Robert. Convergences: Themes, Texts, and Images for Composition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Aufses, Robin Dissin, Renee Shea and Lawrence Scanlon. Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric, Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Barnet, Sylvan, and Hugo Bedau. Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Bartholomae, David, and Anthony Petrosky. Ways of Reading. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Bazerman, Charles, and Paul Prior. What Writing Does and How It Does It. New York: Routledge.

Bloom, Lynn Z. The Essay Connection. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Brassil, John, Carl Glover and Sandra Coker. Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis. Saddle Brook NJ: Peoples Education.

Columbo, Gary, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Connelly, Mark. The Sundance Writer: A Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Covino, William A. The Elements of Persuasion. New York: Longman.

Crider, Scott. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for Academic Essay. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books.

Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. New York, NY: Longman.

Ede, Lisa. Work in Progress: A Guide to Academic Writing and Revising. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Faigley, Lester, Anna Palchik, Cynthia Selfe, and Diana George. Picturing Texts. New York: W. W. Norton.

Faigley, Lester, Jack Selzer. A Little Argument. New York: Longman.

Faigley, Lester, and Jack Selzer. Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments. New York: Longman.

Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say/I Say: the Moves that Matter in Academic Writing with Readings. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Harris, Joseph. Rewriting: How to Do Things with Text. Logan, UT: Utah University Press.

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Hillocks, George, Jr. Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann.

Johnstone, Barbara. Discourse Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Jolliffe, David, and Hephzibah Roskelly. Writing America: Language and Composition in Context, AP Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Practical Argument. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Kolln, Martha, and Loretta Gray. Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects. New York: Longman.

Latterell, Catherine G. ReMix: Reading + Composing Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything's an Argument: with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Lunsford, Andrea, et al. Everyone's an Author. New York: W. W. Norton.

Miller, Robert K. The Informed Argument. New York: Heinle & Heinle.

Mims, Joan, Elizabeth Nollen. Mirror on America: Essays, and Images from Popular Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Muller, Gilbert H. and Melissa E. Whiting. Language and Composition: The Art of Voice, AP Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Roskelly, Hephzibah, and David Jolliffe. Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing. New York: Longman.

Shea, Renée, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. The Language of Composition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Smith, Michael W., Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, and James E. Fredricksen. Oh, Yeah! Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Spatt, Brenda. Writing from Sources. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Tibbetts, A.M., and Charlene Tibbetts. Strategies of Rhetoric. New York: HarperCollins.

Tufte, Virginia. Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

White, Fred and Simone Billings. The Well Crafted Argument. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Williams, Joseph M., and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. New York: Longman.


Austin, Michael. Reading the World: Ideas that Matter. New York: W. W. Norton.

Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Colombo, Gary, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Connelly, Mark. The Sundance Reader. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Conrad, Ronald. The Act of Writing: Canadian Essays for Composition. Toronto, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Cooley, Thomas. Back to the Lake. New York: W. W. Norton.

Cooley, Thomas, ed. The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition. New York: W. W. Norton.

Dillard, Annie and Cort Conley. Modern American Memoirs. New York: Harper Perennials.

DiYanni, Robert, and Pat C. Hoy II. Frames of Mind: A Rhetorical Reader with Occasions for Writing. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

DiYanni, Robert, ed. One Hundred Great Essays. New York: Longman.

Eschholz, Paul, and Alfred Rosa, eds. Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Eschholz, Paul, and Alfred Rosa, eds. Subjects/Strategies: A Writer's Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Flachman, Kim, and Michael Flachman. The Prose Reader. New York: Longman.

Gilyard, Keith, Deborah H. Holdstein, and Charles I. Schuster. Rhetorical Choices: A Reader for Writers. New York: Longman.

Gross, John, ed. The Oxford Book of Essays. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jacobus, Lee A. A World of Ideas. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Kennedy, X.J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. The Bedford Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. The Blair Reader: Exploring Contemporary Issues. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Kitchen, Judith. Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction. New York: W. W. Norton.

laGuardia, Dolores, and Hans Guth. American Voices: Culture and Community. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

McCuen, Jo Ray, and Anthony C. Winkler, eds. Readings for Writers. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

McQuade, Donald, and Robert Atwan. The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Miller, George, ed. The Prentice Hall Reader. New York: Longman.

Muller, Gilbert H. The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines.. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Nadell, Judith A., John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos. The Longman Reader. 10th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Peterson, Linda H., et al., eds. The Norton Reader. New York: W. W. Norton.

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings. New York: Longman.

Root, Robert L., Jr., and Michael Steinberg. The Fourth Genre. New York: Longman.

Stubbs, Marcia, and Sylvan Barnet. The Little, Brown Reader. New York: Longman.

Trimmer, Joseph, and Maxine Hairston, eds. The Riverside Reader. Boston: Wadsworth.

Walters, Keith, and Michael Brody. What's Language Got to Do With It? 1st edition. New York: W. W. Norton.

Zinsser, William, ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. New York: Mariner Books.

Handbooks, Style Guides, and Grammar Texts

Blakesley, David and Jeffrey Hoogeveen. Writing: a Manual for the Digital Age. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Bullock, Richard, Michal Brody, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook. New York: W. W. Norton.

Faigley, Lester. Penguin Handbook. New York: Longman.

Fowler, H. Ramsey, and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. New York: Longman.

Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. The Writer's Harbrace Handbook. 5th edition, 2013.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook.. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. A Writer's Reference. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Hall, Donald, and Sven Birkerts. Writing Well. New York: Longman.

Killgallon, Don. Sentence Composing for College. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook.

Lanham, Richard A. Revising Prose. New York: Longman.

Lunsford, Andrea A. St. Martin's Handbook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Miles, Robert, Marc Bertonasco, and William Karns. Prose Style. New York: Longman.

Murray, Donald. The Craft of Revision. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Muth, Marcia F. Researching and Writing.. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. Elements of Style. New York: Longman.

Troyka, Lynn Q., and Douglas Hesse. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. New York: Longman.

Zinsser, William K. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: Harper Perennial.

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