AP Summer Institutes at Woodward Academy

June 4‐7 & July 16‐19

Whether a teacher is just beginning to teach an AP Biology course or has taught the course for years, there will be something for everyone at this Advanced Placement Summer Institute. This comprehensive institute will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the classroom and laboratory components of an AP Biology course. Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and design of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework will be a major part of this summer institute. There will be instruction on how to prepare or modify an Audit based on the redesigned curriculum framework. Teachers will be introduced to the new laboratory investigations that are in the revised AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual. In addition, activities and strategies to support inquiry-based instruction will be presented along with how to incorporate these inquiry activities into the coursework. Participants will learn how to organize the course in order to have time to present the material to the students as well as to conduct the laboratory investigations.

The specifics of the redesigned AP Biology Exam and the importance of the grading process will also be presented. A review and discussion of the standards for the Free Response Questions from the 2017 Exam will also be included. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing the answers to the Free Response Questions of the AP Exam. Course goals include:


Daily Schedule



Morning Afternoon
  • Welcome, Introductions, APSI Schedule and Notebook, Handbook, Textbooks
  • Equity and Diversity
  • The Curriculum Framework: BI's, EU's, and EK's (Jigsaw/Concept Map)
  • AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach - Assignment
  • Planning an AP Biology Course for the Year (AP Audit and Syllabus)
  • Lab Notebooks, Lab Reports, Laboratory Equipment and Materials
  • Investigation 4: Diffusion and Osmosis ** BI 2
  • Investigation 11: Transpiration ** BI 4 (Whole Plant vs Potometers)

HEY, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? - About the LO's and the SP's

Morning Afternoon
  • And What About Anatomy and Physiology?
  • The AP Biology Exam for 2016 - Scoring of the FRQ's
  • Writing Multiple Choice Questions Based on Content from the CF
  • Investigation 5: Photosynthesis ** BI 2 and Other Activities Using Plants
  • Investigation 1: Artificial Selection ** BI 1 (Alternatives?)
  • Investigation 10: Energy Dynamics ** BI 4 (Alternatives?)

DNA - From Genes and Chromosomes to Proteins to Traits

Morning Afternoon
  • Investigation 8: Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation ** BI 3
  • Investigation 9: Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA ** BI 3
  • Investigation 3: BLAST BI 1 (Alternatives?)
  • Investigation 6: Cellular Respiration ** BI 2 (Pasco Representative)
  • Investigation 13: Enzyme Activity ** BI 4 (Pasco Representative)
  • Investigation 7: Cell Division: Mitosis and Meiosis BI 3

MATHEMATICS: Biology's Next Microscope - Only Better

Morning Afternoon
  • Mathematics and Statistics Review for Biology Students
  • Calculating Transformation Efficiencies from Investigation 8
  • Calculating Sizes of Restriction Fragment Lengths from Investigation 9
  • Investigation 2: Mathematical Modeling: Hardy-Weinberg (Woolly Worms) ** BI 1
  • Investigation 12: Fruit Fly Behavior ** BI 4
  • College Board Evaluations and APSI Certificates and USB Drives
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