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.

required texts

There are no required texts as such. However, I would ask:

  1. 25-30 copies of what you consider to be one of your dazzling class assignments/activities that you found to be quite successful and useable in the AP English Language setting. (Even if you've never taught AP Lang before, bring one of your successful activities re: writing or close reading, etc.) You will be sharing this activity with the group. If you are not able to copy the material, please bring a single copy with you, and we'll see what we can do about copying it on site.

  2. A copy of a text that you know you will be using next year in your AP Lang class. (If you are not going to be teaching an AP Language class next year, bring a text you will be using in one of your English classes.)

  3. Since we will be working on developing, analyzing, or revising the course syllabus, please bring with you the probable calendar for your 2015-2016 school year.

  4. There is a load of materials that you will be creating and sharing. Because of this, it is most important that you bring a laptop computer with you. It will be ever so much easier for you to take all of this home with you. Make certain to have a flash drive at your disposal; it will be a huge help to you. Much of what we create in the course is written and/or collected on my laptop; if you have that flash drive available, you can easily download the stuff and take it with you without the bother of having to retype the material. Ah, the wonders of technology!

Pre-Course Reading

Prior to the first class participants are asked to read:
  • The AP exam and course overview (pp. 1-12) that is found in the current AP English course description booklet. Click here to read it.

  • The sample AP English Language exam also found in the course description booklet on pages 13-48.

  • Peruse the AP Central, AP English Language home page.

  • Examine the 2015 AP English Language essay questions that can be found here.
    Download and print a copy of the 2015 exam, Free Response AND Form B (All Questions) and bring the copies of these exams with you.


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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