English Language and Composition – APSI Online

AP 521.300 Kevin Howard


This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. It 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.

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Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard taught English for 30 years in public and private schools in the D.C. metro area. Over the past 21 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 also has 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 a recent College Board curriculum development series on argument analysis. He also was selected to present at the National AP Convention in 2009 and 2015.