English Literature and Composition

Susan Frediani
sfediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us
Susan Frediani, M.A., has been an English teacher in both public and private schools in Northern California. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in Curriculum, Reading, and Instruction at California State University, Sacramento. She has taught grades 6 through community college, and grades 10, 11, and 12 at Quincy High School. Currently, Susan is a teacher on special assignment for Plumas Unified School District where she is working in four high schools as an Instructional Coach and Special Projects Coordinator. She read the AP* English Literature and Composition exam for 9 years, and she has trained AP* teachers for the past 17 years at summer institutes at CSU Sacramento, Spokane, University of Alabama, AP* By the Sea, AP* Seminars Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), and online for UCLA. Susan has also trained teachers in AP English Literature and AP English Language as an international presenter in Guam. Most recently, she was appointed as a mentor 
consultant for new College Board consulting teachers. She has served as her district AP* coordinator, a PAR mentor teacher, a beginning teacher induction coach, and Plumas Unified School District’s ELA Vertical Team Lead Teacher. She also serves as the current chair of the SAT Test Development Committee for English Literature, and she is a member of the SAT Writing and Language Review Committee. Currently, Susan sits as chair of the College Board’s ELA Advisory Committee. Susan is a past member of the State Department of Education’s Common Core Supplemental Curriculum Selection Committee. Additionally, she was a recipient of an NEH Summer Scholar Program Award focusing on the works of Richard Wright. Susan recently completed the Shasta Leadership Academy program to receive her preliminary credential in administrative services.
2017 AP* Seminars Silicon Valley
Course Agenda 
 
Emphasis in this schedule will vary in response to the needs and interests of participants.
 
 Day #1 
  
Morning:
 
• Introductions and Questionnaire
• AP* Course Design/Equal Access and Equity/Recruitment 
• How and Why for Summer Work
• Sample Course Syllabi and Materials
• Resources
• Close Reading Demonstration Lesson
• Best Practices and Publishers’ Texts Sign Up 
 
Afternoon:
 
• AP* 50 Years
• AP* Audit Information
• AP* Exam Design
• Poetry Question – Deconstructing the Prompt
 • Writing to the Poetry Prompt 
• Questions and Answers

Day #2 
 
Morning:
 
• AP* Literature and ELA Stndards
• Publishers’ Texts part I
• Review Poetry Responses
• Drama and Poetry
• Defining Literary Merit
• The Importance of Tone
• Managing Workload
• Developing Students' Analytical Skills with Poetry/Model Lessons and Sample Poems 
•Best Practices Presentations I
 
  Afternoon
 
• Begin Poetry Question Scoring
• Answer and Score Peotry Excerpt from M/C Section of AP* English Lit Exam and Discuss Structure and  Implications  for Teaching 
• The Short Story – Questioning and Scaffolding Techniques
• Prose Question – Deconstructing the Prompt 
• Writing to the Prose Prompt
• Questions and Answers
 
Day #3
 
Morning:
 
• The Prose Question and the Novel
• Review Prose Responses
• Best Practices Demonstrations II
• Answer and Score Prose M/C Passage
• Top 10 AP* Tips
• Continue Syllabi Discussion and Revisions
 
Afternoon:
 
• Prose Scoring Session
• Frankenstein – Discussion Topics, Prompts, and Close Reading
• Publishers’ Texts Part II
• Open Question – Deconstructing the Prompt 
• Continue Syllabus Preparation
• Writing to the Open Question
• Questions and Answers
 
Day #4 
 
Morning:
 
• Multiple Choice and the Open Question
• Complete and Score M/C Exam Sections
• Review Open Question Responses
 
Afternoon:
 
• Open Question Scoring
• Best Practices Presentations III
• Publishers Book Presentations Part III
• Complete Syllabi Review
• Closure/Questions and Answers
• Evaluations
  
Suggestions for preparing for our time together
 
I will be touching upon the following full length works: Richard Wright: Native Son; Henrik Ibsen: Doll’s House; Mary Shelley: Frankenstein. Please read a summary or somehow revisit these works prior to the Institute. I will also be conducting several close reading activities using short stories and poetry. If you would like to bring any favorites, please do so. Enough copies for our group would be appreciated by all participants. Please also bring an AP* appropriate lesson with which you have had success.