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AP® English Literature and Composition

Workshop Description

This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts, student samples, and scoring guidelines from the most recent administration of the AP exam. The course will focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom, providing practical, yet innovative, lessons and reading suggestions to enhance the traditional AP English Literature curriculum. Special focus will be given testing strategies, literature circles, and short assignments and assessments that stimulate higher order thinking. Participants are invited to bring computers and favorite texts to session.


Learning Outcomes

  • Align your instruction with the goals of the AP English Literature and Composition course.

  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.

  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.

  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

Consultant Bio

Nancy Dickinson teaches English IV AP at Ridge Point High School in Fortbend ISD. Dickinson has scored the AP Language Exam and the AP Literature Exam for twelve years. She holds a BA in English from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also ESL certified. Dickinson was named the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English Central Area Teacher of the Year as well as 2014 FBISD Teacher of the Year Finalist.


Dickinson is a recipient of the 2015 College Board AP Fellows scholarship. She serves as Ridge Point High School’s UIL Coordinator and coaches UIL Literary Criticism and UIL Ready Writing. She brings 23 years of teaching experience to the workshop, having taught all four levels of pre-AP and AP English. She has conducted workshops for the College Board in Texas, Maine, and Wisconsin.


Registration for this course is now closed. Please use the form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. We hope to see you next year!


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