ENGLISH Literature / Composition

This course will combine the examination of methodology and content along with sharing ideas, developing strategies, and reviewing samples from the 2018 AP exam. Hands-on strategies can be introduced immediately into participants’ own courses. Participants can expect interactive sessions where they learn and practice the basics that are essential in implementing a successful AP English Literature course with their students. This course 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 a curriculum.


Day 1:

  • Introductions and Expectations
  • What is AP? (Size of class, Student selection, Expectations, Books chosen)
  • The AP Syllabus
  • Levels of Questions (Cisneros and Soto), Jones
  • SOAPSTone (Church Bulletin), Wordsworth
  • Argumentation and Thesis (Hardy, Remarque, and Levertov), Roethke and Hayden
  • Homework (Vertical Team Definitions)

Day 2:

  • Recap
  • The Multiple Choice Question
  • Creating Prompts
  • The Essay
  • Homework- Review Song of Solomon

Day 3:

  • Recap
  • Song of Solomon
  • The Reading
  • Alternative Texts for AP
  • Homework – Choosing a Text

Day 4:

  • Recap
  • Formulating Lesson Plans
  • Student Presentations
  • Review and Evaluation
  • Next Steps

Instructor: Dr. Frazier O'Leary

Dr. Frazier L. O’Leary, Jr. taught AP English Literature and Language at Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. He taught English in the DC Public Schools for 47 years and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia. He taught AP Literature and Language for twenty years and is a Table Leader in English Literature and a consultant for the College Board in English Language and Literature. He is the Vice-President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and a member of the Board of the Toni Morrison Society

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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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