Language and Composition

Course Description

The course will explore rhetoric as a way for our students to become “citizen orators,” understanding the powerful role of language in our world. Special emphasis is given to fostering independent reading skills. Teachers will become familiar with strategies and processes that will lead their students to success with argumentation, synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and the multiple choice exam. These strategies will enable teachers to provide “equitable access” to all “willing and academically prepared students” who wish to participate in AP® courses.

Topics include critical reading, student participation, multiple choice skills, rhetorical analysis, satire, research and synthesis, a sample novel unit, syntax for both style and language control, vocabulary, holistic scoring and evaluation/revision strategies, and planning strategies. Participants will examine lessons, practice strategies, and develop lessons for use in their classroom.

Session I: Tuesday August 15 AM: Independent Reading/Classroom Participation

Topics: Independent Reading Strategies, Strategies for student participation, Questioning strategies

Session II: Tuesday August 15 PM: Multiple Choice Skills

Topics: Question Types, Ideas for Curriculum Embedding, Strategies, Vocabulary Notebook

Session III: Wednesday August 16 AM: Rhetorical Analysis

Topics: The Appeals, Writing the 2017 Q#2 Essay, Holistic Scoring, Process Methods, Evaluation Strategies, Ideas for Developing Skills, Logical Fallacies.

Session IV: Wednesday August 16 PM: Satire/Model Novel Unit

Topics: Satire Analysis Method, Introductory Satires, Embedded Satire Analysis, Novel Unit

Session V: Thursday August 17 PM: Argumentation

Topics: Holistic Scoring of Student Samples, Addressing the Prompts, Organization, Issues, Building Evidence, Reasoning, Assessment and Revision Strategies

Session VI: Thursday August 17 PM: Synthesis and Research

Topics: Process Assignments for Synthesis, Visual Argument, Reading the Sources, Research Projects/Fake News

Session VII: Friday August 18 AM: Syntax

Topics: Mimetic Theory, Clause/Phrase Structure & Punctuation, Syntax-Language Control, Syntax-Style

Session VIII: Friday August 18 PM: Grading, Revision and Planning

Topics: Handling the Scoring, Assessment Strategies, Rubrics, Planning Strategies


Jennifer Troy

Jennifer Troy received a BA and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught English for thirty-three years in the Austin Independent School District, teaching AP Language and Composition since 1990 to both struggling and advanced students. A College Board consultant since 1992, she has presented workshops and summer institutes, written curriculum for both Pre-AP and AP Language and Literature, and read language exams for ETS, the last five years serving as a Table Leader. From 2006 to 2010, she served as an Austin lead teacher, working with students and teachers to increase AP equity and success. Currently, Jennifer conducts student prep sessions and teacher trainings, works with districts on vertical alignment, and teaches a composition course for Austin Community College.

Jennifer Troy

Jennifer Troy