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AP® English Literature and Composition - Online

Week 1: June 15 - 18, 2020

The goal of the AP Literature course is to explore a sequence of strategies that show students how to acquire the skills found in the top scoring essays on the literature exam.  Teachers will progress through a sequence of instructional strategies designed to develop essays marked by their use of concrete elaboration, perceptive interpretative commentary, and execution of effective compositional skills - clear thesis statement and topic sentences, along with unified and coherent paragraphs.  Course activities will involve the modeling of daily lesson plans seeking to reinforce the strategies necessary to interpret and write about all aesthetic forms of writing. 


What You Will Learn

  • How to help students develop an analytical interpretive voice rather than a voice of mere summary
  • How to teach composition strategies found in the "6" essay
  • How to help students develop a sophisticated syntax-weaving grammar into the writing process

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How You Will Benefit

  • Design instruction that provides students with objective feedback regarding reading and writing skills
  • Implement strategies that demystify for the weakest students the intellectual movements of top students
  • Create a classroom instructional environment that seeks regular moments of 100% engagement and physical movement





How Online Workshops Will Work 

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No one wants to sit and watch a 32-hour long webinar, so we are working closely with our consultants to develop a modified course schedule that allows you greater flexibility, but still getting the knowledge and skills you need.  

Live-online instruction will be conducted through Zoom while asynchronous learning assignments will be managed through Canvas, the University’s learning management system (LMS).

Once you register, we will provide you with more details on how to access the platforms as well as your materials.

To register, please visit our registration portal.



Meet the Instructor

Michael Degen, Ph.D.

In his thirtieth year as an educator, Michael E. Degen, Ph.D., currently teaches AP Language, AP Literature, and Honors English II at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas, where he serves as the department chair.  He has presented nationally for NTCE and ASCD, state conventions in Texas and Kentucky, and numerous College Board conferences and institutes. Additionally, he has read for the AP Literature exam for four years. Furthermore, he is the author of three books: Crafting Expository Argument, Prospero’s Magic, and Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own: A Contribution to the Essay Genre.

How to Register

To register, please visit our registration portal. Attendees will need to register using their College Board login credentials.

If paying by check or purchase order, CPE staff will follow up with an invoice. Please reference invoice number on check.

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please contact cpe@utc.edu or 423-425-4344.

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