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English Language

June 29 - July 3
Instructor:
Denise Hayden

In this workshop institute we will discuss, evaluate, and investigate the AP® English Language and Composition multiple choice and essay questions from past AP® Exams. Participants will create their own lessons and curricula to prepare students for these examinations. Practices and strategies for each part of the exam will be explored and examined. The class will emphasize, but not be limited to, the recent examinations and their changes, and will also focus on a study of rhetoric and writing. The class will also investigate and practice holistic scoring and develop appropriate assessment vehicles for language and rhetoric. An additional focus of the workshop will be the interdisciplinary approach combining AP® English Language and Composition and AP® United States History.

About the Instructor

Denise Hayden has been teaching Advanced Placement® Language and Composition since 1997. In addition to the Advanced Placement® course, she has taught English grades 7 – 12 as well as electives in public speaking, dramatics and journalism. Denise Hayden and Nicholas Simone are currently in their twentieth year teaching an interdisciplinary Advanced Placement® United States History and Advanced Placement® English Language and Composition course at Floral Park Memorial High School. Nick and Denise presented a workshop about the AP® Interdisciplinary Program at the College Board National Conference in Las Vegas in July, 2007.

A consultant for the Middle States Region of the College Board®, Denise has trained high school teachers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. She currently leads the AP® English Language and Composition workshop at Drew University in the summer. She is also the author of two articles published on the College Board® website. In 1992 she was named Teacher of the Year from Floral Park Memorial High School by the Sewanhaka Central High School District. In 2002 she was named an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council, and in 2012 she was awarded a Friends of Education Award by Stony Brook University School of Professional Development.

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