This course will help prepare AP® teachers to meet the rigorous standards of AP® English Language and Composition. Instruction will focus on the core competencies to include best practices for rhetorical analysis, synthesis, argument, timed-writing workshops, and close reading strategies for non-fiction.
In addition, participants will be guided through a simulated reading of the 2017 AP® English Language and Composition essay questions. Instruction will also include review of the course description and ideas for developing and refining the course syllabus. The crux of the course will highlight strategies for improving test performance for the composition as well as the reading comprehension section of the exam. In this interactive institute, participants will leave with hands on activities, lessons, and units of study that align with AP® curriculum and the college readiness initiatives of the state exams.
Participants should bring their laptops or IPADs, sticky notes, and 1 or 2 non- fiction pieces (one or two pages) from their existing curriculum.
Elizabeth Villarreal has taught English for 22 years and has eighteen years of experience instructing students in Pre-AP®/AP® courses. For the past eleven years, she has served as an endorsed College Board consultant and has served as an Educational Testing Service Reader for the AP® English Language and Composition Exam.
She has presented at workshops and Pre-AP®/AP® Summer Institutes in Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and across the country. Elizabeth also serves as an AP® English Language and Composition Saturday Student Study Session presenter for The National Math and Science Initiative. In addition, she has been a presenter at the AP® Annual Conference and at the AP® Colloquium for Equity and Excellence. She has served as an SAT Reader and an essay scorer for the STAAR exam. She has also served on the Texas Education Agency End –of- Course Advisory Committees and STAAR™ Item Review Committees for reading and writing.