Course Description: Participants will study the skills and strategies necessary to prepare high school students for success in AP© Literature and Composition classes. The course materials provide participants with appropriate resources to secure their curriculum and to guide the progress of their students. The sessions will emphasize activities involving higher-order thinking skills and student-centered teaching. Emphasis will also be placed on each of the main areas of the Literature exam—the multiple-choice questions, poetry essay, prose essay, and “open” essay—and different ways to prepare our students with the skills they will need on the AP© test. Collaboration on strategies, practice test-taking, analyzing readings and sharing best practices will be encouraged as well as discussion of the scoring process for the test and review of the current resources available.
Topics will include, but are not limited to the following:
Close reading and annotation
Reading for analysis and deeper understanding
Writing about literature, including both timed and process writing
The content of the Advanced Placement test in Literature and Composition
Connecting device to meaning in both prose and poetry
Using visual texts and graphic representation to aid student understanding