APSI: AP English Literature and Composition for New Teachers, Week 2

The goal of the AP Literature course is to explore a sequence of strategies that show students how to acquire the skills found in the top scoring essays on the literature exam.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Designed to provide an overview of the structure and content of an AP English Literature course for juniors and seniors, this course will enable participants to examine their current teaching units and methods and to develop strategies for teaching students with a focus on AP skills.  


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42784 Robert Wofford On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: Robert Wofford

Lead Instructor

Robert Wofford is a retired teacher of AP English Literature at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico, where he was also a facilitator for gifted and talented students.  A College Board endorsed AP English Literature Consultant, he has presented at numerous conferences and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in the Southwestern region of the College Board and has presented at national Advanced Placement Annual Conferences (including this July in Washington DC); he also serves on the College Board’s Consultant Advisory Panel.  He has participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer seminars for secondary school teachers, studying Henry Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, and Dante in Siena, Italy, and he taught for one year in Canada as a Fulbright exchange teacher.  Mr. Wofford has been a reader for the AP English Literature exam and he holds a BA in English education and an MA in English with a focus on rhetoric and the teaching of writing from New Mexico State University. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 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

  • simulate a reading from the AP English Literature Exam
  • examine AP multiple-choice questions as a teaching tool
  • develop strategies for teaching prose and poetry in line with the skills students need to perform well on the AP English Literature Exam
  • develop strategies to teach composition in order to help students identify the rhetorical strategies needed to write effective AP essays
  • examine strategies for teaching novel/drama/poetry AP unit

Other possible topics include scope and sequence, design-down curriculum, and vertical teaming, depending on participants' needs

  • An AP lesson to share if they would like to share a lesson
    • We will upload documents to a shared file system (Drobox)
  • Sticky notes, highlighters, pens
  • A copy of their current syllabus