English Language & Composition

AP 521.103 | Online | TBA


This online course is designed to maximize the learner’s experience by providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. The primary goals of the AP Language and Composition course will be addressed through an introduction to and an in-depth examination of the Course and Exam Description (CED). The deconstruction of the CED and its requirements will lead participants to an understanding of the goals of the AP English Language and Composition course, its objectives, and development—with particular attention to skills related to rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argumentation. Participants will work with the 2023 essay questions: text + rubrics + samples. Time will be allotted for individual rating of essays, plus small and large group discussions about the rating of samples. Also, participants will take an in-depth look at the multiple-choice section of the exam. There will be numerous activities that demand active engagement in the process of choosing various types of texts (i.e., memoirs, speeches, documentaries, commercials, political cartoons, editorials, graphs, charts, biographies, film clips, social media, scientific writing) on which to base AP-level writing prompts and associated assignments as well as selecting close reading texts and creating related activities—including multiple choice and discussion questions based on those readings. Participants will work individually and in small groups to construct classroom activities and processes, develop and reinforce AP-level skills, create essay prompts with rubrics, and construct objective questions based on close reading of prose texts. These activities will be presented and evaluated by the entire group. Participants also will be given the opportunity to closely examine sample syllabi and to develop and/or evaluate their own syllabi. There will also be ample time to share best practices. Participants can expect both class work and homework as part of their rigorous and productive experience.