APSI: AP English Literature 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.

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.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42286 Michael E. Degen On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Michael E. Degen
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 25, 2017

Instructor: Michael E. Degen

Lead Consultant

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.”

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 25, 2017

End Date: July 28, 2017

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

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Developing an analytical-interpretive voice
  • The composition strategies found in the “9” essay
  • Developing a sophisticated syntax—weaving grammar into the writing process
  • Their annotated copy of Jane Walpole’s Understanding Written Grammar