The course will cover the following topics and include readings and resources that support classroom instruction of the following: rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argumentation. The course will include close reading, and annotation strategies and skills to improve performance on the multiple choice portion of the AP Language and Composition Exam.
Participants will engage in various texts, implement a variety of strategies, and engage in the the creation of units of studies for the AP Language classroom. These strategies will support all aspects of the course and ultimately create students that are aware of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.
The week is designed to prepare teachers for the AP Language classroom. Teachers will leave with classroom lessons, interactive strategies and creative techniques that will engage students in the study of non- fiction and composition.
Mary Jo Zell lives and teaches in Keller, TX. She received her B.A. from Villanova University, and her master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern University. She began her teaching career in Pennsylvania and Georgia and is currently the department Chair of English at Keller High School, where she has taught for 16 years. She is in her 22nd year teaching high school English, and has taught every level 9-12th. Presently, she teaches AP Language and AP Literature. For the past 12 years she has served as an AP Language Reader for the College Board; she is currently a Table Leader for the AP Language and Composition exam. She is an AP College Board Consultant and has conducted various workshops and summer institutes. Additionally, since 2010 she has worked with NMSI- conducting APSI’s, leading mock readings, and training teachers.