AP English Language & Composition: Example
Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP English Language and Composition. The list below 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.

The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP English Language and Composition Course Audit curricular requirements. 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. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP English Language & Composition classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.

Index of Textbooks

Atwan, Robert. Convergences: Themes, Texts, and Images for Composition, 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.

Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. 10th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Barnet, Sylvan, and Hugo Bedau. Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. 10th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Bartholomae, David, and Anthony Petrosky. Ways of Reading. 9th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Bazerman, Charles, and Paul Prior. What Writing Does and How It Does It. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Bloom, Lynn Z. The Essay Connection. 10th edition. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Brassil, John, Carl Glover and Sandra Coker. Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis. Saddle Brook NJ: Peoples Education, 2007.

Columbo, Gary, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. 9th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Connelly, Mark. The Sundance Writer: A Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook. 5th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012.

Covino, William A. The Elements of Persuasion. 1st edition. New York: Longman, 1997.

Crider, Scott. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for Academic Essay. 1st edition. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2005.

Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 5th edition. New York, NY: Longman, 2011.

Ede, Lisa. Work in Progress: A Guide to Academic Writing and Revising. 6th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004.

Faigley, Lester, Anna Palchik, Cynthia Selfe, and Diana George. Picturing Texts. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.

Faigley, Lester, Jack Selzer. A Little Argument. 2nd edition. New York: Longman, 2012.

Faigley, Lester, and Jack Selzer. Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments. 5th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say/I Say: the Moves that Matter in Academic Writing with Readings. 2nd edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2012.

Harris, Joseph. Rewriting: How to Do Things with Text. 1st edition. Logan, UT: Utah University Press, 2006.

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, 2013.

Hillocks, George, Jr. Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2011.

Johnstone, Barbara. Discourse Analysis. 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.

Jolliffe, David, and Hephzibah Roskelly. Writing America: Language and Composition in Context, AP Edition. 1st edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2014.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Practical Argument. 2nd edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Kolln, Martha, and Loretta Gray. Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects. 7th edition. New York: Longman, 2012.

Latterell, Catherine G. ReMix: Reading + Composing Culture. 2nd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.

Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything's an Argument: with Readings. 5th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Lunsford, Andrea, et al. Everyone's an Author. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012.

Miller, Robert K. The Informed Argument. 7th edition. New York: Heinle & Heinle, 2006.

Mims, Joan, Elizabeth Nollen. Mirror on America: Essays, and Images from Popular Culture. 5th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.

Roskelly, Hephzibah, and David Jolliffe. Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing. 2nd edition. New York: Longman, 2009.

Shea, Renée, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. The Language of Composition. 2nd edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012.

Smith, Michael W., Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, and James E. Fredricksen. Oh, Yeah! Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out. 1st edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2012.

Spatt, Brenda. Writing from Sources. 8th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Tibbetts, A.M., and Charlene Tibbetts. Strategies of Rhetoric. 4th edition. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

Tufte, Virginia. Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 2006.

White, Fred and Simone Billings. The Well Crafted Argument, 4th Edition. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010.

Williams, Joseph M., and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 11th edition. New York: Longman, 2013.


Readers

Austin, Michael. Reading the World: Ideas that Matter. 2nd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.

Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 4th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Colombo, Gary, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. 9th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Connelly, Mark. The Sundance Reader. 7th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014.

Conrad, Ronald. The Act of Writing: Canadian Essays for Composition. Toronto, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1998.

Cooley, Thomas. Back to the Lake. 2nd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.

Cooley, Thomas, ed. The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition. 8th edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013.

Dillard, Annie and Cort Conley. Modern American Memoirs. New York: Harper Perennials, 1996.

DiYanni, Robert, and Pat C. Hoy II. Frames of Mind: A Rhetorical Reader with Occasions for Writing. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009.

DiYanni, Robert, ed. One Hundred Great Essays. 5th edition. New York: Longman, 2012.

Eschholz, Paul, and Alfred Rosa, eds. Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition. 11th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012.

Eschholz, Paul, and Alfred Rosa, eds. Subjects/Strategies: A Writer's Reader. 13th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014.

Flachman, Kim, and Michael Flachman. The Prose Reader. 10th edition. New York: Longman, 2013.

Gilyard, Keith, Deborah H. Holdstein, and Charles I. Schuster. Rhetorical Choices: A Reader for Writers. 2nd edition. New York: Longman, 2006.

Gross, John, ed. The Oxford Book of Essays. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Jacobus, Lee A. A World of Ideas. 9th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Kennedy, X.J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. The Bedford Reader. 11th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. The Blair Reader: Exploring Contemporary Issues. 6th edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 12th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012.

Kitchen, Judith. Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction. 1st edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

laGuardia, Dolores, and Hans Guth. American Voices: Culture and Community. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

McCuen, Jo Ray, and Anthony C. Winkler, eds. Readings for Writers. 14th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012.

McQuade, Donald, and Robert Atwan. The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings. 7th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.

Miller, George, ed. The Prentice Hall Reader. 10th edition. New York: Longman, 2010.

Muller, Gilbert H. The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines. 12th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.

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. 13th edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings. 9th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Root, Robert L., Jr., and Michael Steinberg. The Fourth Genre. 6th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Stubbs, Marcia, and Sylvan Barnet. The Little, Brown Reader. 12th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Trimmer, Joseph, and Maxine Hairston, eds. The Riverside Reader. 9th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, 2007.

Walters, Keith, and Michael Brody. What's Language Got to Do With It? 1st edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

Zinsser, William, ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. New York: Mariner Books, 1998.


Handbooks, Style Guides, and Grammar Texts

Blakesley, David and Jeffrey Hoogeveen. Writing: a Manual for the Digital Age. 2nd edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2011.

Bullock, Richard, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings and Handbook. 3rd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013.

Faigley, Lester. Penguin Handbook. 4th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Fowler, H. Ramsey, and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. 12th edition. New York: Longman, 2011.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook. 9th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. A Writer's Reference. 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Hall, Donald, and Sven Birkerts. Writing Well. 9th edition. New York: Longman, 1997.

Killgallon, Don. Sentence Composing for College. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1998.

Lanham, Richard A. Revising Prose. 5th edition. New York: Longman, 2006.

Lunsford, Andrea A. St. Martin's Handbook. 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.

Miles, Robert, Marc Bertonasco, and William Karns. Prose Style. 2nd edition. New York: Longman, 1990.

Murray, Donald. The Craft of Revision. 5th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2003.

Muth, Marcia F. Researching and Writing. 1st edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.

Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. Elements of Style. 1st edition. New York: Longman, 1999.

Troyka, Lynn Q., and Douglas Hesse. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. 10th edition. New York: Longman, 2012.

Zinsser, William K. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.

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