English

 

Week One: June 23-26, 2014

 

I.  Pre-AP Middle School English for New Teachers (1006)

In this course, you will learn fundamentals of teaching Pre-AP--what makes this class different from others, how to be a part of the vertical team, and how to "pump up" your teaching.  We will practice using a variety of strategies that increase rigor in the study of literature, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening.  We will use film as a way to understand literary analysis, explore new ways to teach grammar--through their writing and their reading--and use rubrics and en masse scoring sessions to better understand good writing.  We will also discuss what the research tells us about how students learn--incorporating foldables, picture books, and technology to increase students' depth of learing.  You should come prepared to work hard and rejuvenate for next year!

Ms. Ayn Grubb holds a B.S. degree in Language Arts Education from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.A. degree in English from New Mexico State University.  For more than twenty years, she has been challenging students and teachers to expect more of themselves.  Currently, Grubb is an Academic Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools, overseeing secondary language arts curriculum and coaching teachers.  Grubb has led Pre-AP English sessions at over seventy summer institutes in the past fourteen summers, and at countless other College Board conferences all over the country, including the AP Annual Conference, AP National Forum, and regional forums.

II.  AP English Literature & Composition for Experienced Teachers (1007)

This workshop will focus on various elements of an AP English Literature course--the study of prose and poetic works.  Beowulf, Chaucer, Hamlet, AP Comedy, teaching fiction and poetry, the Multiple Choice question, the Eighteenth-Century and Satire, the AP Research paper, and a simulated reading of the 2014 AP Literature Examination are just a few of the units that will be presented and discussed. 

Experienced teachers will be introduced to some new and exciting strategies to teach fiction, drama, and poetry.  These strategies require higher order thinking and are designed to engage students and rejuvenate the high school curriculum. 

Homework: Teachers should bring a best practices lesson and enough copies for 30 teachers and be prepared to present the lesson to other participants on Thursday.

Dr. Randy Baker , the lead instructor of the AP English Literature and Composition for Experienced Teachers workshop, has been teaching English for the past thirty-eight years.  A Nationally Board Certified Instructor, Dr. Baker has taught Pre-AP and AP classes for the past twenty-three years and has been a national consultant for the College Board in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois.  He conducted a workshop for experienced AP teachers at the National Board Convention in Seattle, Washington in July 2008. 

A reader for the AP English Literature Exam for over twelve years, Baker is chairman for his English Department and has been his building Teacher of the Year in 1986 and 2000 at Putnam City North High School and the District Teacher of the Year also in 2000.  He was named the recipient of the 2010 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.  He is a past member of the Oklahoma State Master Teacher Program and Past President of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English and received his doctoral degree in English Education at the University of Oklahoma.

In addition, he is also an adjunct at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK.  The Oklahoma Teachers of English recently honored Dr. Baker as a lifetime member for his service to his professional organization.

 

Week Two: July 7-10, 2014

 

I.  AP English Language and Composition for New Teachers (2020)

This workshop will focus on the modes of assessment used in the recent history of the AP English Language Exam and how we can incorporate those modes of assessment into our instruction.  The broad goal of he course is to increase our understanding of the AP Language Course Description in an attempt o strengthen students' exam scores--while not focusing solely on test preparation.  We will inevitable discuss the correlation between our AP curriculum and the goals of OAS as well.  

Homework: Please bring the following items:

  • A list of required curricular pieces (novels, short stories, poetry, etc.) for e courses you teach and those in your vertical team
  • A working knowledge of The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  (Note: Please do not re-read these if you are already familiar with them, although a good skimming wouldn't hurt.)
  • Please bring either paper or electronic copy of the AP English Course Description, as available as a pdf download at AP Central
  • Optional: Bring your laptop

Mr. Kevin McDonald graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in English, secondary certification in English, and a minor in music.  He is a National Board Certified Teacher and completed his Masters in English from the University of Central Oklahoma in the spring of 2011.  He has taught English for 17 years, including Pre-AP and AP English Language for 16 of those years.  He started the AP English Language program for both school districts with which he has been employed, including his current teaching assignment where he has both co-taught the course in conjunction with AP U.S. History and as a stand alone course.  In addition, his teaching assignments have included Pre-AP sophomores and juniors, as well as multiple ability levels of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Recently, Kevin taught a section of Humanities/Shakespeare. 

As a consultant, Kevin has worked in multiple regions, presenting at numerous one and two day conferences, leading multiple APSI workshops, and leading both pre- and post-conference workshops at the AP Annual Conference (in Seattle and in San Francisco, respectively).  He lives in Edmond, OK, with his wife--an elementary music teacher--and their two daughters.

 

Week Three: July 14-17, 2014

 

I.  Pre-AP Middle School English for Experienced Teachers (3030)

 In this workshop, you will learn about and practice using a variety of strategies that increase rigor in the study of literature, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening.  We will use film as a way to understand literary analysis.  We will explore new ways to teach grammar, providing meaningful context for students and using the literature they are already reading.  We will use rubrics and en masse scoring sessions to better understand good writing.  We will also discuss what the research tells us about how students learn--incorporating foldables, picture books, and technology to increase students' depth of learning.  You should come prepared to work hard and rejuvenate for next year!

Ms. Ayn Grubb holds a B.S. degree in Language Arts Education from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.A. degree in English from New Mexico State University.  For more than twenty years, she has been challenging students and teachers to expect more of themselves.  Currently, Grubb is an Academic Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools, overseeing secondary language arts curriculum and coaching teachers.  Grubb has led Pre-AP English sessions at over seventy summer institutes in the past fourteen summers, and at countless other College Board conferences all over the country, including the AP Annual Conference, AP National Forum, and regional forums.

II.  Pre-AP High School English (3031)

Designed for the English instructor seeking to learn or improve teaching strategies pertinent to Pre-AP students, this course will focus on AP concepts and skills developed during English I and II courses and beyond. Topics will utilize examples from fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama with an overall emphasis on rhetorical style and language analysis.  Presentation examples include: 

  • modifying AP objective questions and essay prompts
  • introducing/applying syntax and rhetorical structure to student analysis
  • teaching tone and author’s purpose as reading and writing assignments
  • utilizing high-interest non-fiction selections
  • developing a Pre-AP course as part of an effective Vertical Team 

Participants will leave the institute with lessons and strategies they could immediately incorporate into their curriculum.

What to Bring:

  • Writing tools and note-taking resources (pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky-notes, etc)
  • A list of required curricular pieces (novels, short stories, poetry, etc) for the courses you teach (and those of your vertical team, if feasible).
  • Please bring one, short non-fiction selection that you like (or would like) to use in your class.

Brook Bullock has taught in Oklahoma for 20 years and presently teaches English III and AP Language at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From 2001 until 2011, he taught at Del City High School where, in addition to his starting the AP English Language program, Mr. Bullock was the Yearbook and Newspaper sponsor and taught Journalism. Previously, he taught on level and Pre-AP English I and II at a rural Blackwell High School where he was a founding member of the school’s AP English Vertical Team.  Brook is a Reader for the AP Language Exam, has scored entries for National Board Certification, and has been a College Board consultant since 1997.  He has presented at numerous workshops, conferences, and Summer Institutes in the Southwest, Midwestern, Southern, and Western Regions of the College Board, including multiple invitations to the AP Annual Conference.

III.  AP English Language & Composition for Experienced Teachers (3032)

This workshop will focus on strategies to prepare students for the multiple choice and free response parts of the AP Language and Composition exam.  Special emphasis will be placed on close reading and notation of nonfiction texts and analysis of rhetorical strategies used by authors to create and convey meaning.  We will examine methods to make students aware of the rhetorical situation present in every communication so that they can interpret prose insightfully and construct sound arguments.  Simulated readings of the 2014 language free response questions will be conducted, and participants will receive sample student responses and strategies for using those samples for instructional purposes.

Homework: Please bring several colors of highlighters, red pens, and post-it notes. 

Ms. Beth Priem  works as a consultant with teachers and students throughout the College Board's Southwestern region.  She has 35 years of teaching experience, including AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition at Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District.  Ms. Priem, a graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in English, is a nationally endorsed College Board consultant, an APSI instructor, and a veteran reader for the AP Language exam.  Ms. Priem retired from teaching in May, 2010, and has since worked on projects for the National Math and Science Initiative and the Initiative for Public School Improvement.  In addition, she observes student teachers for the UTeach program at the University of Texas in Austin.

 

IV.  AP English Literature & Composition for New Teachers (3033)

You will be engaged throughout the week with hands-on materials that will give you a clear understanding as to how and why, as a beginning teacher, you should organize an AP English Literature and Composition course.  High level reading skills, concrete to abstract analysis, use of rhetorical devices, advances strategies for the objective test, and strategies for prompt writing will be stressed.  You will receive numerous activities and projects that will enhance the content of your course.  How to score AP compositions will also be a main part of the training.  You will engage with major pieces of literature for discussion and analysis.  Welcome to an enriched week of learning!

Homework: Please bring 30 copies of your best lesson. 

Ms. Peggy Leeman  has been a national College Board consultant for twenty-plus years, having presented at Odessa Permian Basin, the College of William and Mary, Auburn, the University of Tulsa, the University of Texas--Austin, UT Arlington, University of Texas-Tyler, Texas AM--Commerce, SMU, Baylor, and Texas Women's University. 

 

 

 

 

 

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