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AP® English Language and Composition


Day 1—Introductions, discussion of Equity and Access, and a beginning look at AP exam questioning—what is crucial and what is not. We will address close reading tips for both the Multiple Choice exam and the Question 2 Essay (Rhetorical Analysis). We will spend time decoding complex passages and examining shortcuts and grading strategies. Please bring a favorite passage you have found, create a prompt similar in format to recent exams on the AP Central website, and make approximately 30 copies to share with us. Sign up Day 1 for presenting this lesson on Day 4.

Day 2—Continuation of analysis. Discussion of writing strategies and active holistic exam scoring. We will review aspects of the Synthesis Question and discuss ways to combine research (MLA) and synthesis together—while also adding in argumentation, “killing three birds with one stone” approach.

Day 3—Best practices for argumentation. We will practice planning and scoring the Persuasive Essay and examining types of blended questions—evaluations of writers’ arguments. Examine Multiple Choice passages and strategies in depth.

Day 4—Continue with Multiple Choice.  Share passages and prompts so the rest of us can practice decoding unfamiliar passages. (I will give you directions) Arrange with me to share other best practices as time permits.

NOTE: Please bring a laptop, IPad, or smart phone with you to help with research. Also, bring a new flash drive for materials.