This course will focus on strategies to prepare students for the multiple choice and free response parts of the AP Language and Composition exam.
Special emphasis will be placed on close reading and notation of nonfiction texts and analysis of rhetorical techniques employed by authors to create and convey meaning. We will examine methods to make students aware of the rhetorical situation present in every communication so that they can interpret prose insightfully and construct sound arguments. Simulated readings of the 2017 language free response questions will be conducted, and participants will receive sample student responses and strategies for using those samples for instructional purposes.
Beth Priem works as a consultant with teachers and students throughout the College Board’s Southwestern region. She has 35 years of teaching experience including AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition at Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District. Ms. Priem, a graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in English, is a nationally endorsed College Board consultant, an APSI instructor, and a veteran reader for the AP Language exam. Ms. Priem retired from teaching in May, 2010 and has since worked on projects for the National Math and Science Initiative and the Initiative for Public School Improvement. In addition, she observes student teachers for the UTeach program at the University of Texas in Austin.