English Language & Comp

Offered June 17-20, 2014

Yes, we have spaces available!

“Probably the most relevant and applicable professional development I’ve had in years. Looking forward to┬áplanning and implementing changes to my curriculum, instruction, and assessment.”
2013 AP* Summer Institute, English Language & Composition Participant

Course Syllabus

Course Description

This week will focus on method and content used in teaching students to become superior readers, writers, and thinkers. To cultivate new texts and strategies for classroom use, the seminar will include a variety of essays, speeches, and maybe even a poem or two. The instruction of composition will be a major focus of the class. Time will be spent looking at both the multi-draft essay – including the research paper – and the timed essay. Much of the week will be used exploring how to use holistic scoring to improve student writing.

Participants will work with the objective and written portions of the AP* English Language and Composition test. Special attention will be paid to the essay questions fresh from the 2014 reading. A look at formal logic, visual literacy, a variety of syllabi, forms of assessment, and managing the overwhelming paper load that comes with teaching AP* English classes are just a few other topics that will be covered during the week.

Consultant: David Klingenberger

David Klingenberger has been teaching AP* English classes for 24 years at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. In addition to serving as a Reader and Table Leader for the English language exam for the last 15 years, he is also a College Board consultant and a National Board Certified Teacher.