English Language & Composition

AP 521.300 | Online | Kevin Howard

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This online course centers on the development of an AP English Language & Composition course based on the analysis of a variety of forms of non-fiction, with a special focus on argument analysis. The course will begin with an overview of the structure, content, and scoring of the AP English Language & Composition exam.  Participants will become comfortable using the new analytic rubric and develop systems to provide timely and effective feedback for student drafts.  The majority of the class will be spent working through a series of skill-building activities that prompt students to read and write and think thoughtfully about texts that are complex and ambiguous.  Participants will have time to develop and share practical teaching strategies, including approaches that support the equity agenda of the College Board.  Also, teachers should read The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass before the week starts--we will be using the novel to showcase how a longer work can be used to develop key course skills.  Finally, teachers will receive over a thousand files of strategies, readings, and lessons in a digital library on the final day of class.

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Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard taught English for 30 years in public and private schools in the Washington, D.C. area. Over the past 22 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 and was selected to present at the National AP Convention in 2009 and 2015. Recently, he has worked as part of the NMSI, REACH and VASS programs, which attempt to bring the rich AP English curriculum to urban and rural high schools. Additionally, he has published an article in a recent College Board curriculum development series on argument analysis. Kevin completed his undergraduate English degree from the University of Virginia and has an MA in the Teaching of Writing and Literature from George Mason University.