Department ofEducation

AP* English Language & Composition for New AP* Instructors

We are pleased to welcome Carol Elsen to PLU's 2014 AP* Summer Institute!

Registration is now open - Register before June 1 to get Early Bird Price!

Carol Elsen

Instructor Bio

Carol Elsen developed the Advanced Placement* English program (both AP* English Language and AP* English Literature) in the Montana high school, where she has taught for over 19 years. She has also has taught composition and literature courses at Ohio State University and the University of Montana.  In 2001, she became a reader of the AP* English Language exams and has served as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board since that time, presenting one-day workshops and weeklong institutes throughout the Western Region, as well as nationally at AP* National Conferences. Carol has been involved as a reader and trainer of trainers in developing the Montana Writing Assessment (a pilot project for the new ACT writing assessment). A member of NCTE and MATELA, she also teaches online for UCLA in the summer sessions.  In addition to teaching and course content writing, she reads the writing sample for the SAT. Her joy is helping AP* teachers discover new insights and methods for successful teaching.  


Course Description

This session for teachers new to the AP* English Language and Composition course will focus on close-reading strategies, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis. Participants will leave with an understanding of a practical approach to the AP* English Language and Composition course and exam, and its relevancy to its college level counterpart. Participants can expect to spend one session reviewing the recent scoring of the 2013 AP* English Language and Composition Exam. Also, participants will learn strategies for teaching elements of rhetoric and will spend time with some "hands on activities" for teaching prose analysis, argumentation, and synthesis using essays from a wide spectrum of writers. Participants are welcome to share best practices in each session.

To Prepare for the Institute:

Participants should read the Free Response Questions for the 2014 AP English Language and Composition Exam. These three questions will be posted and available after May 12th, 2014 on the AP Central Website under "Exam Information"

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