Covering Advanced Placement Literature and Composition concepts, this AP course includes an overview of the exam, as well as pertinent strategies and methods to re-purpose curriculum to better meet AP abilities. We will explore instructional strategies for different genres and practice the deeper analysis and critical thinking that distinguishes the AP course. We will cover class expectations; text selection, adaptation, and annotation; developing AP-style rubrics and multiple-choice questions; discussion strategies (Socratic seminar, fish bowl, inner/outer circle); creative projects; and online resources. We will learn how to use the short story, prose passages, and poetry selections as a way to do more with less. We will also use music, art, and advertising to introduce AP concepts of style and analysis. Tips on how to handle the paper load that can be overwhelming will also be given. You will leave with hands-on activities and lessons for integrating these tools into your existing curriculum. In addition, participants will take a partial exam, score their responses, and discuss the reasons for answers.
During her 40 years in the classroom, Sandra Effinger has taught English, Social Studies, Journalism, Film Studies, and Classical Literature. Recently retired from teaching at American Naples High School in Naples, Italy (DoDEA), she has also taught in Heidelberg, Germany, and at both public and private schools in Oklahoma. National Board Certified, she has presented at conferences for the College Board in Oklahoma and Texas and read the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam for ten years. Sandra has also been a consultant and presenter for the Oklahoma Writing Project for more than 30 years. Sandra is known for her involvement in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes and for her website for English teachers –MsEffie’s Lifesavers for English Classes.