Preparing Students for Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition

AP 524.300 Kevin Howard

This course centers on the development of an AP English Literature course that is based on the analysis of a variety of forms of fiction, with a special focus on close-reading skills. The course will begin with an overview of the structure, content, and scoring of the AP English Literature and Composition exam and cover all of the new aspects of the 2020 AP English Literature and Composition class expectations and exam. Teachers will score sample essays with an eye to understanding the moves that matter on timed writings. In addition, teachers will deconstruct one section of a multiple-choice exam to see the skills and habits of mind that are tested. Most of the class will be spent working through a series of skill-building activities that will prompt students to read, 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. Teachers should read Ian McEwan’s Atonement before the week starts; we will be working through the novel during the week.


Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard

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.