English Language & Composition for New Instructors
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 2018 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.
How to prepare: Participants should read the Free Response Questions for the 2018 AP English Language and Composition Exam. These three questions will be posted and available after mid-May 2018 on the AP Central Website here, under “Exam Information”
Day 1 June 9:
- The AP English Language and Composition Course and Examination
- College Board Materials
- Course objectives, including skills required such as close reading skills, analysis, argument and synthesis.
- Notes from the Reading
- College Board Equity and Access
- Curriculum Development: Close Reading and Passage Analysis
- Building confidence in Close Reading
- Rhetorical Strategies and Analysis
Day 2 July 10:
- Discussion of participants’ successful practices in teaching Close Reading and Rhetorical Analysis.
- More strategies for teaching Rhetorical Analysis.
- Strategies for assessing free response essays
- Scoring the 2018 Rhetorical Analysis essay
Day 3 July 11:
- Discussion of participants’ successful practices and techniques for teaching argument
- Thesis invention and support
- Teaching students the art of using evidence to support claims
- Analyzing visual texts as argument
- Scoring the 2018 Argument essay
Day 4 July 12:
- Discussion of participants’ successful practices and techniques for teaching synthesis writing
- Factoid Friday and Beyond
- Scoring the 2018 Synthesis essay
- Multiple Choice Strategies
- Strategies for assessment – a variety of approaches.
- Wrap-up of ongoing discussions and evaluations.
- Awarding of certificates
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.