AP® English Language and Composition

AP English Language and Composition teachers will explore strategies to enhance their courses by focusing on the five curriculum areas of essay writing: close reading, language analysis, rhetorical analysis, constructing an argument, and personal voice development.  Emphasis will be placed on non-fiction selections and methods to encourage student-centered learning.  Participants will work to refine major units to more closely reflect Advanced Placement goals, will review and discuss the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, and will brainstorm what teachers can do to help students achieve necessary skills for success.

Topics will include:

Overviews of the AP Lang Exam 

Practice scoring Free Response samples

Skills Building

MC Practice Strategies

IBL Research Ideas

Comedy and Satire

Pre-19th c. literature

From SOAPSTone to a Rhetorical Précis


Non-Fiction Analysis

Independent Reading

Essay Writing and Organization

Rhetorical Terms                                                   

Best Shared Practices                                                    

Grading, Scoring, Assessments, Rubrics                                                    

Planning and Prep Time                                                   

Participants should bring the following:

All participants will need to bring a lap top.  Most participant materials will be digital. 


Jamie Stanley teaches at Stephen F Austin High School in Austin, Texas.  As a College Board consultant, she works with pre-AP and AP English teachers throughout the Southwest Region.  She is a presenter for one and two day conferences, as well as Pre-AP and AP Summer Institutes held at Southern Methodist University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas, the University of Arkansas, and others.  She is a Reader for the national Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam since 1999 and has served as department chair and English Vertical Team