Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Instructor: Renee Shea

English Institutes

English Language

July 21-25
This institute centers on the development of an AP* English Language course that is based on principles of rhetoric, beginning with an overview of the structure, content, and evaluation of the Language and Composition exam.

Participants will discuss the impact of the new synthesis question on curriculum and develop sample questions.

Other topics include an introduction to rhetorical analysis by examining speeches, memoir, scientific writing, journalism, essays, and documentary film.

A central issue will be visual rhetoric, broadly defined to include advertising, multimedia and public art.

Attention will be given to book-length nonfiction texts as the core of the AP* Language course.

Participants will explore and share practical teaching strategies, including approaches that support the AP*’s equity agenda.

A guest speaker will discuss the purpose and process of nonfiction writing.

English Literature

In this institute, participants will explore the structure and content of the AP® English Literature and Composition exam by analyzing essay and multiple choice questions and sample student responses.

Participants will develop approaches and share strategies for teaching fiction, poetry and nonfiction in the AP® class and courses leading to it. Literary works selected for analysis will include some classics, as well as writing representing the multicultural expansion of the canon: e.g., Edwidge Danticat; Derek Walcott; Eavan Boland; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Li-Young Lee.

Participants will consider pairings of newer works with classical ones (e.g. Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest), discuss the use of film and multimedia as part of the course content and examine literary synthesis as curriculum design.

About the Instructor

Formerly professor of English and director of freshman composition at Bowie State University in Maryland. In 2007, she received the University System of Maryland Regents Award for Public Service.

She has taught AP* English at the secondary level, honors English at the college level, women’s studies and contemporary literature at the undergraduate level, and rhetoric at the graduate level.

Dr. Shea has been a member of the AP* English Language Development Committee, reader and question leader for both AP* Literature and AP* Language Exams. She is currently a member of the English Advisory Committee for the College Board and the SAT Critical Reading Development Committee.

Dr. Shea is co-author of The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric (2007, 2012); Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking (2010); and the forthcoming Conversations in American Literature (2014).

She has also coauthored Teaching Nonfiction in AP* English: A Guide to Accompany 50 Essays; and Amy Tan in the Classroom: The Art of Invisible Strength and Zora Neale Hurston in the Classroom: With a Sword and a Harp in Her Hands, both part of National Council of Teachers of English High School Literature Series.

Dr. Shea has published numerous articles on contemporary authors in academic and literary journals, including Poets & Writers, The Caribbean Writer, The Kenyon Review, and Callaloo.

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