:: 2013 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP English Language and Composition for New AP Teachers
Institute Code AP13034
Registration is closed.

In our Language and Composition Summer Institute, we will explore rhetoric as a way for our students to become “citizen orators,” understanding the powerful role of language in our world. Many assignments include a step-by-step approach to critical reading, thinking and writing. Participants will become familiar with the test, learn how to teach reading, create effective assignments, practice holistic scoring, and work on curriculum planning.


  • Reading strategies
  • Close reading of difficult texts
  • Analysis of/strategies for multiple choice exam
  • Processes for writing the rhetorical analysis, argumentation and synthesis essays
  • Holistic scoring /writing assessment
  • Strategies for building style and/or sentence control
  • Ways to involve students in social/political issues
  • Methods for curriculum planning

Participants should bring as many of the following items as possible:

  • A lap top computer
  • A school calendar
  • Campus-approved AP Language syllabus
  • Novel/essays with which to create assignments
  • Campus-assigned college-level text for AP Language

If you do not yet know or have access to any of the above, bring novel/essays you would like to teach.

Lead Consultant: Jennifer Troy
Jennifer taught English for thirty-three years in the Austin Independent School District, teaching AP Language and Composition since 1990 to both struggling and advanced students. A College Board consultant since 1992, she has presented workshops and summer institutes, written curriculum for both Pre-AP and AP Language and Literature, and read language exams for ETS. From 2006 to 2010, she served as an Austin lead teacher, working with students and teachers to increase AP success. Currently, Jennifer works with teachers in New Orleans, Austin, and Lockhart, conducts student prep sessions and teacher trainings, and works with districts on vertical alignment.

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