APSI: AP English Literature and Composition for New Teachers, Week 3

This four-day course is designed to benefit the AP Literature and Composition teacher with fewer than four years of experience.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Using contemporary and classic literature, participants will explore instructional strategies and assessments. Participants will work on tweaking and/or constructing lesson plans and units. For those needing to construct a syllabus, guidance will be provided. The workshop will be largely hands-on and differentiated to the degree needed.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42800 Rebecca McFarlan On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Instructor: Rebecca McFarlan

Rebecca McFarlan is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught English on both the high school and college levels for 37 years. She has 31 years of experience teaching both the AP English Literature and the AP English Language courses.  For the past 17 years, she has been a reader and more recently a table leader for the AP English Literature Exam.  Currently, she teaches at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to full time teaching duties, she serves as Instructional Leader for grades 9-12 and ELA Program Leader for K-12. She is a College Board Consultant for AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Research, and PreAP English. Over the past 20 years, she has facilitated workshops both nationally and internationally. Rebecca has conducted several workshops in China focusing on both AP and PreAP English curriculum for Chinese students. She has served as a coach and mentor to other College Board consultants for the past six years. In 2011, she became a College Board consultant trained to work as an English coach with districts on a sustained basis.  She was recently appointed to College Board’s Instructional Development Committee to help develop instructional materials for teachers of AP Literature. Rebecca co-authored the article “Bridging the Grammar Gap: An Interdisciplinary Approach” which appeared in The English Journal in January 2003. In 2004, she received the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher award. She developed three online workshops for AP Central, contributed to the AP Literature Mentor materials, and has worked on the development of several PreAP workshops. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 31, 2018

End Date: Aug. 03, 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

  • Course and Syllabus Design 
  • Pacing
  • Assessment
  • AP Exam structure
  • Seminar approaches
  • Poetry
  • Short works of fiction
  • Major works of fiction (novels and drama)
  • Grammar/syntax
  • Writing


  • Teaching resources you woul dlike to revise or incorporate into your school year
  • Laptop, tablet or other computing device