:: 2015 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin
AP English Literature and Composition
for Experienced AP Teachers
The session in English Literature and Composition (Experienced Teachers) is designed to build upon knowledge and enrich instruction of teachers who have been teaching the Literature course for a number of years. Key areas of focus will include: teaching students how to connect device to meaning, designing a curriculum based upon skill development, discussing content specific to the Literature exam (16th – 21st Centuries, poetry, prose, drama, satire), teaching writing as opposed to assigning writing, and creating an innovative and exciting classroom environment. Teacher participation and interaction will be highly encouraged.
The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:
- Identifying and developing the skills and concepts necessary for success in AP English Literature and Composition
- Focusing on skill development, especially connecting author’s craft to purpose
- Planning and implementing a comprehensive syllabus which covers all genres and eras of literature.
Participants should bring the following:
- Curriculum requirements and/or standards
- Existing syllabus or calendars for the upcoming school year
- Highlighters: pink, blue, yellow, green, orange
Lead Consultant: Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis is a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M University with an English Composite teaching field. After fifteen years at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, her family made the move in 2004 to Austin where she now teaches AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition at Westwood High School for Round Rock ISD. In her teaching career, Elizabeth has taught Advanced Placement, honors, and on-level senior and junior English, sponsored the yearbook and student council, and served as English Department chair at both high schools. She has also taught SAT preparation and worked with the Medical School at Texas A&M University preparing potential students for the MCAT exam. Having taught both the English Literature and the English Language courses over the past twenty-six years has helped deepen her understanding of making connections and building bridges between the two courses and has also reinforced the importance of teaching writing and analysis at all levels of the vertical team. Outside the classroom, Elizabeth enjoys being a wife, a mother of two young men, and a member of her church choir and ladies ensemble.
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*Note: Plans may change as we adjust for individual needs throughout the week.