July 11-14, 2022

Instructor: Jennifer Garner

My name is Jennifer Garner, and I live in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have taught at Lakeside High School for 30 years, where I have instructed students in AP Language & Composition, AP Seminar, AP Research, and a variety of English courses. In addition to teaching, I am a literacy specialist and academic coach for grades 7-12 in my district. My College Board experience includes being an AP Reader, Table Leader, and Consultant. I also work for the National Math and Science Initiative as a coach and content developer. While I am involved in several projects outside the classroom, I devote most of my time to teaching, working with students and teachers, and sharing my enthusiasm for learning. My husband and I have two adult children and two spoiled cats.


Course Description

The AP Language workshop provides instruction in best practices, pedagogical tools and strategies, and AP resources for new as well as experienced teachers. Beginning with a thorough dive into the Course and Exam Description, participants will gain a deep understanding of required skills, pacing, equity and access, AP resources (including AP Classroom) as well as how the exam is structured and how course skills align to the exam. Content will focus on the four big ideas (Rhetorical Situation, Claims and Evidence, Reasoning and Organization, and Style) and the three major types of essays (Rhetorical Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis). In each of these areas, participants will explore lesson ideas and resources. Participants also will take a deep dive into the scoring rubrics for the free response questions and will score essays similar to the process at the AP Reading. The workshop will conclude with instructional design and syllabus building time.