Language and Composition
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 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.