English Language – Agenda

Course Description: This workshop is designed for teachers of AP English Language and Composition. We will focus on motivating students by demonstrating ways rhetoric can prepare them not only for the AP Language exam, but for success in all upper-level academic courses. Beginning with rhetorical reading strategies and activities, we will explore contemporary units and lessons proven to effectively teach the three main skills required for success in the course: argument, rhetorical analysis, and research (synthesis). Participants will receive several model writing exercises and assessments, including highly accessible models for analyzing the common arguments we encounter in our daily lives. Because AP English Language students need many opportunities to discuss complex texts in multiple genres, participants will gain hands-on experience with rhetorical-reading approaches to non-fiction, literary, and informational texts. We will conduct a simulated reading of recent Free-Response exam questions, and participants will receive full sets of sample student papers along with strategies for using those samples to inform teaching and learning. Please bring a laptop or tablet for immediate access to multiple digital resources.

Workshop Goals:
To identify and apply the standards of the AP English Language and Composition exam to classroom practices
To explore and develop effective AP Language units, lessons and syllabi
To expand participants’ repertoire of successful instructional strategies
To explore online resources such as AP Classroom and AP Daily
To develop a network of valuable colleagues
To promote the cross-disciplinary benefits of AP Language curriculum

AP Summer Institute Agenda

Day 1
Course and Exam Description
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access
Exam Overview
Course Design
AP Classroom and AP Daily
Multiple-Choice Strategies

Day 2
Rhetorical Analysis
Reading Rhetorically
Connecting Reading to Writing
Teaching Literary Texts Rhetorically
AP Rhetorical Analysis Essay Question
Mock Scoring Calibration

Day 3
Argument
Writing Rhetorically
Law-School Approach to Convincing Audiences
Toulmin vs. Rogerian vs. Classical
Process Writing Toolbox
AP Argument Essay Question
Practice Essay Scoring

Day 4
Synthesis
Forming a Well-Considered Perspective and Entering the Conversation
AP Synthesis Essay Question
Syllabus Building
Authentic, Efficient Assessment
Cross-Curricular Value of AP Lang
Evaluations

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