The AP English Language and Composition summer institute is designed in keeping with College Board’s dedication "to developing excellent college-level courses for high school students." Our goal is to present a rich variety of useful materials, share our expertise, and provide valuable professional development. Participants will survey the common approaches to the course and also consider how best to adapt those approaches to their particular students, existing curriculum, and school setting. The goal is always to have a healthy blend of the big picture of the course and practical strategies that answer that ever important question: But what do I do on Monday?
During the week, we will cover the essentials of the course and the exam - critical reading and writing, rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis. Beginning with the end in mind, we will identify those skills necessary for students’ success and the strategies we can use to help them along the way.
We will address how best to teach writing in the class. In order to add dimension to the label "effective writing,"we will thoroughly discuss how much and what kinds of writing students need to do. We will explore what is meant by "mature academic perspective" and a variety of rhetorical modes as well as strategies to help students develop their own personal style and voice. We will differentiate between the processes and practices of teaching the on-demand writing required on the AP exam and the multi-draft writing necessary in any college freshman composition course. Participants will be given writing feedback methods, teaching strategies, and assignments suitable to each process. And there will be tips for the ever-present concern about how to handle the paper load.
We will deal extensively with the test itself and its relative importance in developing and teaching the course. We will look closely at the various types of questions on both the multiple-choice and free-response essay sections of the exam. Participants will be trained to use the nine-point AP scoring guide to read and score student papers "like an AP reader."
- Consultant: Valerie Stevenson
- College Board Workshop Handbook
- Curriculum Materials and Activities
- Sample Textbooks
- Flash drive
- Lunch & Snacks
Requirements - What to expect:
- Attendance - Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
- Participation - The pace is quick; the activities, varied. Please come prepared to fully participate.
- Technology - Online work and exploration will be done largely out of class. Laptops are not required. Participants will be encouraged to "stay in the room" during all sessions.
- Homework - Each night there will be a variety of suggested homework activities for participants to choose from that will augment and enhance the day’s learnings.