AP® English Language
July 23 - 26, 2018
James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX

In our Language and Composition Summer Institute, we will explore rhetoric as a way for our students to become "citizen orators," understanding the powerful role of language in our world. Many assignments include a step-by-step approach to critical reading, thinking and writing. Participants will review reading strategies to determine those most appropriate to their students, create assignments, practice holistic scoring and methods to reduce the workload, and work on curriculum planning.


Participants will receive, and be given an opportunity to practice,

  • reading strategies geared to your students' skill and abilities.
  • close reading of difficult texts.
  • methods for analysis of/strategies for multiple choice exam.
  • processes for writing the rhetorical analysis, argumentation and synthesis essays.
  • holistic scoring /writing assessment.
  • strategies for building style and/or sentence control.
  • methods for building vocabulary.
  • authentic research activities.
  • methods for curriculum planning.

What participants should bring:

  • Post-it notes
  • Text (college-level rhetoric, novel, nonfiction book, essays . . .) that you will be teaching during the year
  • Year-long curriculum plan (if you have one)
  • Laptop
  • Please obtain, read and bring to the Institute:
    THEY SAY I SAY The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (ISBN 978-0-393-92409-1, Norton). To obtain a free copy, google Norton Press "They Say I Say" Graff and Birkenstein. Click on teacher resources, then on Request an Examination Copy.

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AP® English Literature
July 23 - 26, 2018
James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX

Course Description:

Students in this college-level course read and carefully analyze both English and American literature written in a variety of time periods, from 13th cantury through the contemporary period. This summer institute will combine the examination of methodolgy and content with sharing ideas, discuss effective critical thinking strategies, and writing strategies, and review samples from the 2017 AP exam. This institute uses College Board-developed materials as well as other resources to expand the participants' knowledge base and to provide a framework for teachers in developing and.or enhancing their AP curricula.

What participants should bring to class:

  • Participants can expect interactive sessions where they can learn and practice the basics essential for maintaining a successful AP English Literature course with their students.

  • Participants will examine strategies to help students better understand aesthetic, cultural, and historical approaches and reasons to analyze and explain literary texts.
  • Participants will explore and share practical teaching strategies, including approaches that support the equity agenda of the College Board.

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Pre-AP™ English (HS)
July 23 - 26, 2018
James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX

This Course Description:

Participants in this course will gain a basic understanding of AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition and the role of Pre-AP English classes. They will share best practices and work independently or together to develop a unit on a work of their choice.

Topics will include the following:

  • How to structure curriculum, instruction and assessment to prepare students for AP courses
  • Classroom strategies in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama
  • Discussion techniques
  • Close reading and annotation
  • Grammar
  • Style and rhetorical analysis
  • Writing for EOC, SAT, ACT and AP
  • Preparing Pre-AP students for the synthesis question
  • Vertical teaming
  • Designing a unit for a novel, play or other long work

Participants should bring:

  • A novel, play or other long work you would like to teach, but for which you have not developed a unit
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper
  • Computer or tablet is handy but optional

Presenter -

  • Katie Stueart, Fayetteville H.S., Fayetteville, AR

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Pre-AP™ English (MS)
July 23 - 26, 2018
James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX

This course will provide strategies for incorporating AP concepts into the middle school English classroom and for working with an AP vertical team to develop a coordinated, articulated curriculum.

Topics and activities:

  • Pre-AP strategies
  • Close reading and analysis
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
  • Modifying and adapting the AP test

What participants should bring:

  • Poem, novel, or short piece of literature currently used or that you would like to use

Presenter -

  • Jan Harris, Crosby MS, Crosby, TX

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