This AP English Language workshop for will focus on the full implementation of the AP English Course Description (revised in the Fall of 2014), as well as discuss ways to extend the course as it relates to college composition programs.
This will require extensive discussion of existing and developing writing pedagogy. In addition, we will focus on ways to incorporate various genres of writing to help AP Language courses serve their vertical teams. The session will also incorporate a sample reading of the student samples from the May 2017 Exam.
Kevin McDonald is completing his 20th year of teaching; he has taught Pre-AP English II and AP English language for 19 of those 20 years. He has also taught on-level English courses, Humanities, and Shakespeare to various grade levels, and is currently teaching his first year of AP Seminar. He has been an AP English Language and Composition Exam Reader since 2002, and a Table Leader at the exam since 2007 (including being on the sample selection committee twice). He has been an active consultant for the College Board since 2004, presenting one and two day workshops, Advanced Placement Summer Institutes, and workshops at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference. He also authored the Teacher’s Manual for Writing America, a textbook published by Pearson. He has also served as the high school co-chair for College Board’s Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee for their Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course.
Initially employed at Guthrie High School, he has taught at Edmond Memorial High School since the fall of 2004. He started AP language programs at both schools, including co-teaching AP language with an AP US history course for eight years at Edmond Memorial. He completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University and his masters in literature at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was voted by his peers as the 2014-2015 Edmond Memorial teacher of the year. He was then selected as the Edmond Public Schools teacher of the year for 2015-2016. This last fall, he made an unsuccessful bid to become an State Senator in Oklahoma, an experience which definitely impacted his practical understanding of the use of rhetoric.