Agenda – English Language (Experienced)

AP English Language and Composition Experienced Workshop

Designed for AP English Language and Composition experienced teachers, the workshop will focus on methods for teaching synthesis, argument, and analysis of texts and visuals. Participants will work individually and in groups with AP multiple choice questions, free response essays, rhetorical analysis and non-fiction texts. From the session, participants will be able to enhance an AP Language Syllabus. A major focus will be the new College Board resources and recent changes to the AP English Language and Composition Exam.

Class Prep
Please read and bring:
1. Primary text(s) that serve as major foci of instruction in your course
Note: I will share success with Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston and several other texts.
2. Copy of your syllabus
3. Essential reading and writing assignment or project that works well for your students.
4. Multiple Choice Strategies that work!
5. Strategies for Argumentation

English Language Experienced Agenda

• Goals of Workshop, Introduction of Participants
• AP Program Overview, AP Language/AP Literature
• College Board Resources: AP Central, AP Classroom, Early Registration
• Course and Exam Description Binder
CED Binder Components, part 1:
The Course Skills chart
The Course at a Glance page
• UBD Lesson Planning (Model: “Tomatoland”)
• Unit Planning: A project for the week
• College Board Equity Policy/Rhetorical Analysis
• Similarities in AP English Language and Composition Exam. Past Three Prompts
• Strategies for Developing Critical Thinkers

Day 2
• Multiple Choice Discussion: Sharing of Strategies
•CED Binder, part 2
A Unit at a Glance page
A walk through of the first unit
The “Teaching the Course Skills” section of the “Instructional Approaches” tab
The Exam information
• Discussion of Writing Assignments (Creative, On Demand, Analysis, Research)
• Composition Tips, Diagnostic Portfolio, New College Board Scoring Guide and AP composition expectations
• Group Work: Analyze Rhetorical Devices in a JFK Speech (if time allows)
• Enhance Classroom Instruction (Select Lessons/Resources for Creating a Unit Plan)

Day 3
• AP Classroom
• Personal Progress Checks (New Resource)/Formative Assessments in Class
• Discussion of The Lost City of the Monkey God and Participants’ Essential Texts
• Discussion of Handling the Paper Load (Having a life while teaching AP!)
• Satire: Horatian or Juvenalian
• Unit Plan Development

Day 4
• Strategies for Teaching Argumentation
• Strategies for Teaching Synthesis
• Visual Rhetoric Resources and Strategies
• Sharing Unit Plans
• Reflections and Evaluation