English Language New – Agenda

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 June 22:

  • The AP English Language and Composition Course and Exam Description (CED)
    • College Board Resources: AP Central, AP Classroom, Early Registration
    • Course Objectives, Course Skills required such as rhetorical reading skills and writing skills, analysis, argument and synthesis.
    • Unit Planning: Rhetorical Situation
    • Building confidence in Rhetorical Analysis

Day 2 June 23:

  • Review of Day 1
    • Discussion of participants’ successful practices in teaching Rhetorical Analysis
    • Continue Rhetorical Analysis Strategies: RAPS
    • Unit Planning: Rhetorical Choices and Analysis: Evidence and Commentary
    • Strategies for assessing free response analysis essays
    • Scoring the Rhetorical Analysis essay

Day 3 June 24:

  • Review of Day 2
    • College Board Equity and Access
    • Discussion of participants’ successful practices and techniques for teaching argument
    • Unit Planning: Thesis invention and support: Evidence and Commentary
    • Teaching students the art of using specificity in argument
    • Scoring the Argument essay

Day 4: June 25

  • Review of Day 3
    • Discussion of participants’ successful practices and techniques for teaching synthesis writing
    • Unit Planning: Visual text as argument; Factoid Friday and Beyond (a synthesis project)
    • Scoring the Synthesis essay
    • Multiple Choice Strategies
    • Developing strategies for crafting Composition Choices (multiple choice)
    • Strategies for assessment – a variety of approaches.
    • Wrap-up of ongoing discussions