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.
Teachers will progress through a sequence of instructional strategies designed to develop essays marked by their use of concrete elaboration, perceptive interpretative commentary, and execution of effective compositional skills - clear thesis statement and topic sentences, along with unified and coherent paragraphs. Course activities will involve the modeling of daily lesson plans seeking to reinforce the strategies necessary to interpret and write about all aesthetic forms of writing.
In his twenty-sixth year as an educator, Michael E. Degen, Ph.D., currently teaches AP Literature, Pre-AP English II, and AP Lang at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas. He has presented nationally for NTCE and ASCD, state conventions throughout the south, and numerous College Board conferences and institutes. He has also provided consulting for over twenty five school districts in Texas.
Additionally, he has read for the AP Literature exam for four years. Furthermore, he is the author of three books: “Crafting Expository Argument,” “Prospero’s Magic” and “Virginia Woolf: A Contribution to the Essay.”