English Language & Composition for New Instructors

Course Description:
The College Board describes the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Course as one which “engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of reasons.”

Purpose of this Institute:
My intent for this workshop is to provide materials and models for teaching an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class. When the workshop is completed, you should have a confident plan for designing, enriching and teaching your own Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class.

Institute Agenda:
Day 1 July 8:
• The AP English Language and Composition Course and Examination
• Overview of significant changes in the AP English Language Course/Exam:
• Changes in the Course and Exam Description (New Course Framework)
• Changes in the Exam and Audit
• New Instructional Resources (Opening August 1)
• Course objectives: Rhetorical reading, analysis, argument and synthesis.
• College Board Equity and Access
• Curriculum Development:
Big Ideas »
Enduring Understandings »
Course Skills »
Essential Knowledge »

• Rhetorical Reading and Passage Analysis
• Time for participants to begin building units for their 2019-2020 syllabi

Day 2 July 9:
• Strategies for teaching Rhetorical Reading and Rhetorical Analysis.
• Integrating strategies into the course framework to develop skills in analysis
Employing Instructional Resources (AP Classroom, Progress Checks, AP Question Bank)
• Strategies for assessing free response essays
• Scoring the Rhetorical Analysis Essay on the 2020 Exam
• Time for participants to begin building units for their 2019-2020 syllabi

Day 3 July 10:
• Discussion of participants’ successful techniques for teaching argument
• Thesis invention and support, claims, evidence
• Integrating strategies into the course framework to develop skills in argument
Employing Instructional Resources (AP Classroom, Progress Checks, AP Question Bank)
• Analyzing visual texts as argument
• Time for participants to begin building units for their 2019-2020 syllabi

Day 4 July 11:
• Techniques for teaching skills and essential knowledge of synthesis writing
• Factoid Friday and Beyond
• New registration requirements and penalties: rationale and implementation
• Multiple Choice changes and strategies
• Strategies for assessment – a variety of approaches.
• Wrap-up of ongoing discussions and evaluations.
• Awarding of certificates

Questions?

Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184
Email: profdev@plu.edu

Instructor Biography:

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 and Table Leader 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.  

Carol Elsen