July 11-14, 2022

Instructor: Elizabeth Davis

Email Address: ed.elizabethdavis@gmail.com

Throughout her teaching career, Elizabeth has taught Advanced Placement, honors, and on-level junior and senior English, and served as English Department chair at two high schools. She is actively involved in curriculum development and planning for the vertical team, articulating skills across the grade levels. Elizabeth served as a reader for the AP Language exam and is currently an AP Literature reader. She has co-authored two AP English textbooks for Bedford Publishing Company, Ideas in Argument and Ideas in Literature. In addition, she worked in collaboration with The College Board in developing English Literature resources for the Course and Exam Description (CED). Having taught both AP English Literature and AP English Language has deepened her understanding of the crossover skills between these two courses and the preparatory courses before them. This work has reinforced the importance of teaching writing and analysis at all levels of the vertical team, intentionally spiraling and scaffolding instruction of skills. Outside the classroom, Elizabeth enjoys being a wife, a mother of two young men and their lovely brides, a grandmother, a spoiler of dogs, and a singer in her church choir and ensembles.


Course Description

The session in English Literature and Composition is designed for teachers who are new to teaching the course.. Participants will gain an understanding of the AP English Literature course framework and the skills and essential knowledge students need to be successful in the course. Teachers will view, develop, and share skill-focused units and lessons for the skills outlined in the course. Key areas of focus will include the following: deepening student understanding through ideas, spiraling and scaffolding the skills students need for close reading and effective analytical writing, preparing students for the challenges of the multiple choice and free-response questions on the exam, viewing and developing templates and models for teaching analytical writing, exploring diverse and engaging texts, and creating an innovative and exciting classroom environment. In addition, participants will review the Course and Exam Description materials from The College Board including the course framework, instructional materials, suggested units, fall registration practices, AP Classroom, and the analytical rubric. Teacher participation and interaction will be highly encouraged.

Materials To Bring: 

  • A laptop to access activities and documents
  • Highlighters (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow)
  • A school calendar for planning

Course Agenda Overview