English Language and Composition | Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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English Language and Composition

Key areas to be covered in this course include: discussing the ramifications of the College Board’s Equity and Access philosophy; preparing students for the AP Language examination; using the features of the AP exam to enhance curricula; using past examinations to analyze how the exams are scored; discussing strategies to approach the challenging subject of rhetorical analysis and practicing these strategies with readings; incorporating research in student writing and within the synthesis process; creating arguments based on personal knowledge and experience; using fiction in a course that, theoretically, focuses exclusively on non-fiction; considering how to maintain “voice” when writing “formulaic-style” essays.  Additionally, participants will learn about current university practices in composition, writing across the curriculum and writing for a variety of purposes.  The session is discussion-based, and participants will be asked to share their curricula and teaching strategies, and present a best practices unit on the final day.  

Meet the Fac​ilitators:

​Instructor: Michael Knoedler

Michael Knoedler

Mr. Knoedler is a College Board consultant who regularly presents day-long workshops and summer institutes primarily in the Midwest.  He is a retired teacher who taught both AP Language and Composition and Literature and Composition at Dodgeville High School in southwest Wisconsin.  He has been a reader for the AP Language exam.  He is currently an elected official on his local school board, enjoying the view from across the table.  

C​ontact: redmike50@yahoo.com

​Presenter: Karen Redfield, Ph.D.

Karen Redfield

Dr. Redfield is the Undergraduate English Advisor at UW-Madison. She taught college composition for many years, both here and abroad. She has recently retired from MATC where she taught composition and literature, and mentored new instructors. She is the principle author on the first-year experience textbook 
Foundations of Learning (2008). 

C​ontact: redfield@wisc.edu

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