APSI: AP English Literature and Composition for New Teachers, Week 1

Participants will engage in a thorough review and analysis of the AP English Literature and Composition exam, and consider strategies to prepare students for essay responses and multiple choice questions.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

This workshop will discuss "backward design," "test preparation," and "teaching to the test." Participants will review sample essays from the AP Readings, conduct practice readings and discussions, and practice analyzing and constructing part-one questions. Participants will also spend time considering each of these aspects from the student perspective. With guidance from the workshop leader, participants will practice effective classroom lessons designed to promote close critical reading. In addition, the workshop leader will assign a few short readings of imaginative literature throughout the week.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42770 Gretchen Polnac On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Gretchen Polnac

Lead Consultant

Gretchen Polnac taught AP literature and film for 31 years in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, where she received numerous teaching awards. She then taught for six years at The University of Texas in UTeach Liberal Arts, guiding pre-service teachers though their professional sequence of methods courses. She continues to teach part-time at Austin Community College in the Developmental Writing Department. Gretchen’s undergraduate work was completed at The University of Texas and her graduate work at Texas State University and The University of Texas. She is a national consultant for The College Board and for the National Math & Science Initiative in both AP Literature and Language and was a long time reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam. In January 2010, Gretchen participated in The Professor’s Study Tour with The Anti-Defamation League Echoes and Reflections Program in Israel. In January 2012, Gretchen trained teachers and students in O’ahu Hawaii on AP strategies and techniques. She also consults around the nation during the summer conducting Advanced Placement Summer Institutes and as an independent educational consultant.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • student selection process
  • College Board policy of equity and access
  • selection of appropriate texts
  • maintenance and expansion of the literary canon
  • frequency and extent of composition and revision
  • promotion of clear and cogent writing
  • development of voice
  • interdisciplinary instruction
  • summer reading programs
  • others - at the participants' request
  • a copy of current syllabus
  • a unit plan to develop or improve
  • sticky notes