AP English Language & Composition – Pat Qualizza Sherbert, Belleville, IL

“An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.” (Acorn, 2012)


Monday- Overview with A Course of Study
1. Overview the objectives and syllabus of the AP English Language and Composition: Class Equity and Access, content and student goals, texts and pacing, and the Exam –what we learned for the 2016 reading
2. Examining the Rhetorical and Analytical Approaches to genre

Rhetorical Analysis
1. Rhetorical Analysis, creating lessons to target reading skills
2. Strategies for teaching a variety of rhetorical modes and voice
3. Multiple Choice: Selected Passages with multiple choice strategies

Prompt Deconstruction and Close Reading
1. Integrating literature into the AP Language course as writer's language choices
2. Scoring the 2016: Rhetorical Analysis
3. Close reading skills, using AP Language prompts as teaching tools

Rhetorical Analysis, Modes and Voice
1. Rhetorical Analysis, paired passages
2. Strategies for teaching a variety of rhetorical modes and voice
3. Multiple Choice: Selected Passages with multiple choice strategies, Woolf and Didion, Ellison, Rodiguez

Context and Stance
1. Principles for Argument
2 Scoring the 2016: Argument Question

Abstraction and Leveling for Composition
1 Applying classroom strategies to develop analysis rather than summary in
student writing
2. Defining the terms with abstractions and leveling process
3. Finding and using evidence to support a thesis

Satire and Reading Visual Arguments
1. Visual argument applied to rhetoric
2. Visuals applied to the synthesis prompt
3. Creating Visual Arguments, videos and clips, americanrhetoric.com

Synthesis Prompt
1. Exercises for working with synthesizing a position for a claim
2. Scoring the 2016: Synthesis Question
3. Computer lab for tutorials and presentations

Pat Qualizza Sherbert

A career teacher, Pat taught AP English, Literature and Language, and coordinated the district Advanced Placement Program that she initiated in Broken Arrow Schools and continued in Tulsa Public Schools. She is a former member of the Southwest Regional Advanced Placement Advisory Council and of the College Board Academic Council. Since 1991, she has consulted for The College Board for Advanced Placement Institutes and Conferences and facilitated the Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies with English and Social Studies. She continues as a Consultant-Reader for Educational Testing Services AP Language and Composition. For six years, she was a member of the Leadership Team for Language and Composition Exam as the Assistant Chief Reader and the Alternate Exam Question Leader. Pat served on a SHREB High Schools That Work Assessment Specialist Panel to define the content objectives for the framework in reading. Pat currently works as a national consultant for the College Board and teaches Composition I, II, and Introduction to Literature for Lindenwood University.