AP® English Language and Composition for Experienced AP Teachers

Designed for the English instructor seeking to learn or improve teaching strategies pertinent to AP English Language, this course will focus on preparing students for the national exam but have an emphasis on application to the rhetorical situations present in communications “of the real world” so that students may also become critical thinkers “beyond the classroom” as well. Participants will leave the institute with lessons and strategies they can immediately incorporate into their curriculum.


Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Each of the writing tasks will be divided up separately and examined from the lense of both teacher and student. Rhetorical Analysis will be the primary focus on the first day, followed by Synthesis, then Argument. Multiple Choice and close reading will be integrated throughout the course of each of these writing skills. Opportunities to work with current curriculum, syllabi, etc. will be set aside each day. While participants will be utilizing released College Board samples, as well as a variety of test prompts, emphasis will be placed on how to integrate “real world texts” into the classroom while still utilizing these standards of analysis. Informed citizenship, close reading, and critical thinking are key to ensuring success within the institute, as well as the classroom.



Kacie Smith has been an educator for the past sixteen years, eight of those in Frisco ISD. Prior to Frisco, she worked at the highschool level in McKinney ISD and lower grade levels in Plano ISD. Starting the Humanities program for McKinney ISD back in 2007, she has participated in curriculum writing teams for Humanities, AP Language and Composition, as well as a variety of Pre-AP grade levels over the past ten years. Teaching AP Language and Composition for over eight years, she also has experience in teaching AP Literature and Composition.