:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP English Language and Composition for New AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14027
July 21 - 24, 2014, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center
This class has reached maximum enrollment and registration is now closed.

This course will focus on strategies to prepare students for the multiple choice and free response parts of the AP Language and Composition exam. Special emphasis will be placed on close reading and notation of nonfiction texts and analysis of rhetorical techniques employed by authors to create and convey meaning. We will examine methods to make students aware of the rhetorical situation present in every communication so that they can interpret prose insightfully and construct sound arguments.

This will be a learner-centered institute in which you will have the opportunity to practice the suggested strategies. Look forward to a “scavenger hunt,” rhetorical analysis carousel, “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” game and much more!

The goals of the four-day session are:

  • To discern patterns in recent rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis free-response prompts
  • To encourage students to analyze the link between the author’s purpose and the rhetorical strategies he/she uses to achieve that purpose
  • To foster student success through strategies designed to enhance the incorporation of both evidence and explanation in their analysis and argument
  • To work with templates designed to help students summarize a writer’s argument and generate specific evidence in response to it
  • To study several different methods for getting students to “converse” with the sources on the synthesis question and develop an original position in response to it
  • To examine sample responses to the 2014 language free response questions and to acquire strategies for using those samples for instructional purposes
  • To practice individual and collaborative strategies for making good choices on AP Language multiple choice questions
  • To promote the development of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills in students as well as to help them achieve college credit through their performance on the AP English Language and Composition exam

What Participants Should Bring:

  • Several colors of highlighters
  • Red pens
  • Post-it notes


Lead Consultant: Beth Priem
Beth Priem works as a consultant with teachers and students throughout the College Board’s Southwestern region. She has 35 years of teaching experience including AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition at Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District. Ms. Priem, a graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in English, is a nationally endorsed College Board consultant, an APSI instructor, and a veteran reader for the AP Language exam. Ms. Priem retired from teaching in May, 2010 and has since worked on projects for the National Math and Science Initiative and the Initiative for Public School Improvement. In addition, she observes student teachers for the UTeach program at the University of Texas in Austin.


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