During the week, we will work on each of the main areas of the Language exam-- multiple choice questions and the synthesis, rhetorical analysis and argument essays—and discuss different ways to prepare our students with the skills they will need on the AP test. We will also discuss the use of literature within the context of the AP Language course. We will review the scoring process for the test and this year’s Language exam essay questions. We will practice the activities that the test requires of our students, and we will share strategies as teachers.


Day One

  • Introductions and expectations
  • Course and test overview
  • Rhetorical analysis work:
    • Test question samples and scoring
    • Rhetorical analysis techniques and teaching strategies
  • Multiple choice questions

Day Two

  • Rhetorical analysis work continued:
    • Pre-20th century texts
    • Satire work
    • Literature as argument
  • Multiple choice test strategies
  • Synthesis question introduction

Day Three

  • Synthesis question work continued:
    • Sample essays and scoring
    • Introduction to visual rhetoric
  • AP Equity and access
  • Argument question samples and scoring
    • Argument question teaching strategies

Day Four

  • Argument question work continued
  • Best practices sharing
  • Final prep and wrap-up
  • Evaluations

I have fully enjoyed every second of this resourceful experience.

–Past Client

Instructor: Steve Klinge

Steve teaches AP English Literature and AP Language at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware, where he is English department chair. He has been a reader for both the Lit and the Language exams, a College Board consultant, and an AP workshop leader and teacher mentor for the National Math & Science Initiative. He has worked with several publishers as a reviewer of AP textbooks and a writer of teacher support materials. He also writes about pop music for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications.

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Institute Faculty

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.

Daily Schedule

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.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

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.

Course Questions?

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.

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