Preparing Students for Advanced Placement English Language & Composition
AP 521.200 Kevin Howard
This course will focus on the development of an AP English Language course that is
based on the analysis of nonfiction texts, with a special focus on argumentation.
The course will begin with an overview of the structure, content, and scoring of the
AP English Language and Composition exam. Participants will discuss the impact of
the various essay and multiple-choice questions on existing curriculum. This course
will cover all of the new aspects of the 2020 AP English Language and Composition
class expectations and exam. Attention will be given to book-length nonfiction texts
as the core of the course. Emphasis will be given to developing feedback mechanisms
for student essays. Participants will explore and share practical teaching strategies,
including approaches that support the equity agenda of the College Board. Teachers
should read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass before the week starts.
Kevin Howard taught English for 28 years in Fairfax County, VA. Over the past 19 years, he has presented College Board seminars on teaching the AP English Language and AP English Literature courses, analytical reading strategies, and pre-AP English curriculum and development. He has also been a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. Recently, he has worked as part of the REACH and NMSI programs, which attempt to bring the rich AP English curriculum to urban and rural high schools. Additionally, he has published an article in the most recent College Board curriculum development series on argument analysis. He also was selected to present at the National AP Convention in 2009 and 2015.