Greetings, Welcome to the summer institute for AP English Language and Composition.
If you are new to this course, then prepare yourself for a new perspective to traditional literary approaches (See attached agenda).
Although he has taught all levels and grades of high school English over the course of his career, he was an Advanced Placement English teacher almost exclusively for the last 25 years, so he has seen the changes in testing and course philosophy over time.
He began scoring AP exams in 1992 (first in Literature, then in Language) and worked as a table leader from 2005 to 2012, his last year at the Reading.
What is known, however, are the overarching principles of the course and the skills sets that will be emphasized in both the course and the test, starting with the 2020 exam.
Monday AM Session: The Rhetorical Situation (Big Idea #1), Setting expectations for the week, Exigency: the source of energy and purpose, Finding the audience, Defining purpose, Examining the notions of argument, Blankenhorn on civility and doubt, Rhetorical Analysis Data Sheet PM Session: Claims and Evidence (Big Idea #2), Basic organizational structures for AP English Language: Rhetorical modes, Thematic units, Exam units; Recommended Order of Study: Argumentation, Rhetorical Analysis, Synthesis; How to Study Arguments in Anything: Toulmin’s model, Seeing Arguments: the basic Toulmin model, Capturing the Point: Building claim statements, Evidence, Commentary: converting evidence into proof Using Classical Topics to create effective claim statements and commentary: The topics are frames of perception, not just sentence structures, Choosing the right frame means everything; Studying Classical Rhetoric: Dialectic vs.
rhetoric (The Gorgias), Socratic definition of purpose, Aristotle’s definition, Invention (Discovery), Arrangement, and Style, The Special Topics, The means and modes of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos, Modern Connection: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Tuesday AM Session: Reasoning and Organization (Big Idea #3), Basic structure (balanced approach): Concession/acknowledgment, Confirmation/refutation, Conclusion/peroration; Core strategy: Discovering arguments, Special topics, Stock issue analysis, Comparative advantage analysis, Cost-benefit analysis, Rogerian model; The argumentative thesis: Definition, Comparison, Relationship, Circumstance, Testimony; Argumentative strategies: Point by point, Ethos-Logos-Pathos, Narrative-descriptive, Satire/irony, Ethical Argument; Working with synthesis question: Large task applications, Short task applications, Various assignments; Writing the synthesis essay: Reviewing old AP prompts, Evaluating the synthesis essay, Reviewing the 2018 synthesis essay prompts PM Session : Style (Big Idea #4), Rhetorical approaches to language, Connecting How to Why, Major and minor rhetorical strategies, Assignments: Words Matter assignments, Reading empathetically, Reading rhetorically, Practice AP prompts, Everything ends in an essay, Toulmin summaries (precis), Quick debates, Seminars, Peer review, Imitation exercises, Chapbooks, Dialectical journals Wednesday AM Session: Rhetorical Analysis (Seeing the organic unity of the big ideas); The Rhetorical Triangle: What it is and why it matters; Writing the rhetorical analysis essay, Beginning with purpose, Seeing audience movement, Aligning rhetorical strategies to purpose, Writing efficient topic sentences, Developing support and commentary; Evaluating rhetorical analysis essays; Reviewing old RA prompts; Reviewing the 2018 RA essays PM Session: Working with Objective Questions; Developing rhetorical knowledge; Refocusing student reading toward rhetorical analysis; Using old AP objective sections; Practice strategies; Materials for practice (available AP exams) Thursday AM Session: Book talks: sharing new books and how to teach them PM Session: Working with AP Central: Getting the syllabus through the audit process, Material support, Group discussion boards; Young, Becker, and Pike on Particle, Wave, and Field writing; Summer reading; Discovering and maintaining standards; The necessity of vertical teaming; Introducing pre-AP concepts to lower grades; Developing a community spirit; Expanding your professional horizons; Miscellaneous items; Final thoughts and evaluation Until his retirement in 2011 from the Winston-Salem school system, Bob taught for 34 years in several locations, including eight years abroad in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools system in Mannheim, Germany.
He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University (BA) and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA).
And the essay should be done in this particular format.
That is why you should learn how to deal with AP English essay prompts.