Phyllis Wright has taught AP Language and AP Literature at Las Cruces High School and Alma d’Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, NM. A College Board National Leader, she has received the College Board Southwestern Region’s Special Recognition Award, as well as having served on Southwest Region’s Advisory Board, the AP Literature and Language Test Development Committee, and as a Reader and Table Leader for the AP Language Exam. Honored professionally as a New Mexico State Teacher of the Year, a Golden Apple Fellow, and an International Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, outside of school, she is an avid hiker and the Training Director for Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue Team.
This seminar focuses on developing those skills that characterize the critical thinking requirements of the AP program. To that end, we will discuss how inductive and analytic skills can enhance instruction and provide a foundation for a sequentially ordered, skills-based program. Lectures will explain how to apply inductive thinking to create a full English program, with an emphasis on incorporating varied kinds of research, several approaches to analysis, and writing experiences that go far beyond the five-paragraph essay. By week’s end, participants will have acquired a range of methodologies and philosophies they can take back to their classrooms; additionally, participants will learn ways to develop a department-wide strategies program.