English Language and Composition

Carol Elsen
Carol Elsen developed the Advanced Placement* English program in  the Montana high school where she has taught for over 20 years. She has also has taught composition, literature, and methods courses at the Ohio State University and the University of Montana. In 2001, she became a Reader and then a Table Leader of the AP* English Language exam reading and has served as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board* since that time, presenting one-day workshops and weeklong institutes throughout the Western Region and at AP* National Conferences. She also served as a Steering Committee member for the 2011 and 2012 College Board AP* National Conferences. Carol has been involved as a reader and trainer of trainers in developing the Montana Writing Assessment (a pilot project for the ACT writing assessment). A member of NCTE and MATELA, she also teaches online for UCLA in the summer sessions. In 2004, she became a reader and scoring supervisor for the SAT writing sample and has served as a College Board* Mentor Teacher. Her joy is in helping AP* teachers discover new insights and methods for  successful teaching.
AP* Seminars Silicon Valley Short Syllabus
AP* English Language and Composition
Session 1: Introduction

• The AP* English Language Examination and the College Board* Program
• Course objectives, including skills required such as:
• Close Reading, Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis.
• Notes from Daytona Beach. The AP* Audit. College Board* Equity Policy.

Session 2: Teaching Close Reading and Analysis
• Methods of teaching Close Reading and Analysis.
• Developing writing skills short texts. Writing your own prompts and other strategies. 
• Classroom strategies to develop analysis and evidence in student writing rather than summary. 
Session 3-4: Teaching Analysis
• Methods of teaching analysis. Demonstrating function of tone, diction and syntax in relation to author purpose. Practice reading and scoring analysis anchor sets from the 2​018 AP* English Language and Composition Exam

Session 5: Teaching Argument 
• Methods of teaching argument and persuasive writing.
• Methods of teaching students to use evidence to support a thesis.
• Practice reading and scoring argument anchor sets from the 2​018 A​P* English Language and Composition Exam 
Session 6: Teaching Synthesis
• "Factoid Friday" and beyond. Creating argument prompts.
• Citation of evidence in a synthesis essay. Practice reading and scoring synthesis anchor sets from the
2018 ​AP* English Language and Composition Exam
Session 7: Employing visual texts to develop the synthesis essay.​
• Methods of teaching rhetorical analysis of visual texts: photos, paintings.
• Cartoons, charts etc. Practice creating a synthesis prompt.
• Sharing synthesis ideas. Teaching citation analysis and teaching analysis of footnotes, endnotes and bibliography.
Session 8: Multiple Choice
• Strategies for teaching successful multiple choice
• Wrap up of on-going discussions. Evaluations and awarding certificates.