The AP Summer Institute for teachers of AP Language and Composition will address the primary goals of the AP Language and Composition course. It will provide an introduction to and in-depth examination of the AP Language and Composition course and exam. Participants will work with the 2015 essay questions: text + rubric + samples. Time will be allotted for individual rating of essays and small and large group discussions about the rating of samples. Also, Institute participants will take a close look at the multiple choice section of the exam. There will be sample close readings of actual AP exam readings as well as questions generated by other sources.
In addition to the deconstruction of the exam and its requirements, participants will be actively engaged in the process of choosing texts on which to base AP level writing prompts, as well as selecting close reading texts and creating multiple choice questions for those readings. Individuals and small groups will construct objective questions on prose texts as well as sample essays. These prompts, questions, and essays will be discussed and evaluated by the entire group.
Participants will also examine AP Language and Composition course development, including creating and evaluating syllabi, writing and close reading activities that teach and develop skills and techniques to help students succeed in the AP Language course and exam. Participants will be actively involved in developing activities to strengthen skills demanded of analysis, argument and synthesis. This is a rigorous, four day immersion into the work and expectations of the AP English Language course. Participants can expect both class work and homework.
There are no required texts as such. However, I would ask:
“I have fully enjoyed every second of this resourceful experience.”
Barbara L . Murphy has taught AP Language and other college level courses at Jericho High School for over twenty-three years. She has been a reader of the AP Language and Composition exam since 1993 and is an AP consultant for AP Language and Composition. Ms. Murphy is also a consultant for the College Board for their Pre-AP programs. Barbara is currently on the faculty of Syracuse University's Project Advance in English. She is co-author of four books published by McGraw-Hill: 5 Steps to a 5: The AP Language and Composition Exam, 5 Steps to a 5: The AP Literature Exam, Writing the AP English Essay: A Personal Trainer for the AP English Student, and Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay.
After earning her B.A. from Duquesne University and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Murphy did her doctoral course work at Columbia University. She also holds professional certifications in still photography and motion picture production and is one of the founding members of the women's film production company Ishtar Films.
The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.
Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.
Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.
Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.
Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.
Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.