English Literature and Composition

Susan Frediani
Susan Frediani, M.A., has taught English in both public and private schools. 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 in northern California. Susan has taught AP* English Literature and Composition for 18 years and AP* English Language for 4 years. 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 for the district as a Special Project Coordinator. She read the AP* English Literature and Composition exam for 9 years, and she has trained AP* teachers for the past 18 years at summer institutes at CSU Sacramento, CSU Monterey Bay, Spokane, WA, 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. She is also an endorsed Pre-AP National Consultant. Most recently, she was appointed as a mentor
consultant for new College Board consulting teachers in both AP Literature and AP Language. 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 served for four years as Chair of the SAT Test Development Committee for English Literature, and she is a current member of the SAT Writing and Language Review Committee. Susan currently serves 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.
2019 AP* Seminars Silicon Valley
Course Agenda 
Emphasis in this schedule will vary in response to the needs and interests of participants.
   Day #1 
      Introductions and Questionnaire
      Course Design; Access and Equity; Recruitment
●      Nuts and Bolts
●      Resources
●      Close Reading Demonstration Lesson
●      Best Practices and Publishers’ Texts Sign Up
●      Audit Information
●      Exam Design
●      Poetry Question: Deconstructing the Prompt
●      Writing to the Poetry Prompt
●      Questions and Answers

Day #2 
●      Reflection
●      AP Central
●      Pre-AP and 2019 Developments
●      Native Son: Close Reading
●      Publishers’ Texts Part I
●      Review Poetry Responses
●      Drama and Poetry
●      Defining Literary Merit
●      Doll's House: Close Reading
●      The Importance of Tone
●      Developing Students’ Analytical Skills with Poetry: Model Lessons and Sample Poems
●      Best Practices Presentations I
●      Poetry Scoring
●      Answer and Score Poetry Excerpt from M/C Section of Exam; 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
●      Reflection
●      The Prose Question and the Novel
●      Best Practices Demonstrations II
●      Answer and Score Prose M/C Passage
●       Syllabi Discussions
●      Prose Scoring
●      Frankenstein: Discussion Topics, Prompts, and Close Reading
●      Publishers’ Texts Part II
●      Open Question: Deconstructing the Prompt
●      Continue Syllabi Discussions
●      Writing to the Open Question
●      Questions and Answers
Day #4 
●      Reflection
●      Multiple Choice and the Open Question
●      Complete and Score M/C Exam Sections
●      Review Open Question Responses
●      Open Question Scoring
●      Best Practices Presentations III
●      Publishers’ Texts Presentations Part III
●      Questions and Answers
●      Next Steps
●      Closure
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 revisit these works prior to the APSI. I will also be conducting several close reading activities using short stories and poems. If you would like to bring favorites to share, please do so. Please also bring an AP appropriate lesson with which you have had success. If you are using hard copies, please bring enough to share with our group of approximately 25.