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Intro to Advanced Placement English Writing (Summer II)

From: $76.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: Rising 10th–12th

Live class: Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: July 9thAugust 24th

Price: $199

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

Introduction to Advanced Placement English Writing: Summer Intensive 2018

Price: $199

Suggested Grade Range: Rising 10th-12th grade.

To join our course: Please register at the link provided at debrabell.com. If you have any questions you would like to address before registration, please email me at lserbickiap@gmail.com. After registration, I will contact you directly.

Course Dates: Summer II

Time Commitment: Approximately 6-8 hours a week.

Communication: Both parents and students will receive access to the course website at the beginning of our course. The course website will be updated with homework, handouts, discussion questions, resources and other materials on a weekly basis. In addition, I will send weekly update emails to both students and parents. I will provide detailed critiques of student work. Clear, regular communication is a very important element of this course. Each week of the intensive will involve an optional live discussion on Wednesdays at 4PM-4:50PM EST. It will be recorded for students who are not able to attend live discussions; all discussion is optional. Flexibility is our goal!

Technical requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing capabilities and high-speed internet. They must be able to open and read both Microsoft Word files and PDFs. Microphone and/or headset are suggested, but not required.

Course Description:

  • This intensive is designed to help give dedicated students a solid introduction to the basic English elements they will encounter in either a full-year AP Language OR AP Literature course. While these year-long courses are both distinct and comprehensive, this introductory intensive may be helpful for a student who wishes to jump-start their general essay or language skills.
  • To this end, we will read both nonfiction (AP Language focused) and fiction (AP Literature focused) works.
  • We will explore the basic elements of the English language (diction and syntax, characterization, dialogue, conflict, narrative perspective, tone, figurative language, irony, argument, etc.)
  • Students will read and analyze multiple works (both fiction and nonfiction).
  • I will provide many important concept and vocabulary handouts that are important to the study of AP Literature and AP Language.
  • Students will complete several short AP-level essays in this course. We will examine the basics of analysis and argument, addressing:
    • Fiction Analysis Essay, Nonfiction Rhetorical Analysis Essay, Argumentative Essay, and Poetry Essay structure and content.
    • Choosing, formatting, and defending appropriate examples.
    • Making connections between rhetorical devices and the author’s theme.
    • Concrete analysis rather than summary: the clear method to take your essays from “mediocre” to “SUPERB!”
    •  I provide detailed critiques in the following areas: structure and organization; diction and syntax; appropriateness of example; depth of analysis; developing body paragraphs.
  • While this is not a full-length AP Prep course, it is an excellent introduction to many of the most important aspects of language and composition. This course is ideal for the student who would like a review of basic English elements, support for an upcoming course, or is unsure whether or not a year-long course is for them.

Instructor Qualifications:
Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – she has student winners every year! Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

Reviews

  1. Student

    “I absolutely loved Mrs. Serbicki’s AP English Literature course. It was such an amazing class, and I enjoyed it so much. Mrs. Serbicki is always very helpful and willing to answer questions. This course prepared me extremely well for the AP exam. Mrs. Serbicki teaches everything you need to know to score well. I received my score last month, and got a 5. Everything I used to prepare for the exam was from this class. If you take this course, you will be prepared for the exam. On average, I spent about 1-1.5 hours a day on this class. The workload was not overwhelming and I enjoyed doing it. I loved the novels we read and Mrs. Serbicki is great at leading discussions about them.”
    – Student (full-year AP Literature PLUS Intro to AP Prep!)

  2. Student

    “Mrs. Serbicki is the best, most helpful, and thoughtful English teacher I’ve ever had! She constantly pushed me throughout the year and made sure I was ready for the test. All the while, offering encouragement and support for even the smallest of details.”
    – Student, full-year AP Language

  3. Student

    “Mrs. Serbicki made herself available to answer any questions we students might have, and yet she also gave us the opportunity to mingle with other students online and during class lectures. The discussions I had with my fellow students were fantastic ways to understand specific concepts as well as to introduce new ideas and perspectives found in the works of literature we read.”
    -Student (full-year AP Literature)

  4. Student

    “This has possibly been the best course I have ever taken. While I have a personal predilection for the subject of literature, Mrs. Serbicki not only encouraged my interest but also helped me to expand my literary taste and improve my analytical skills. She skillfully balanced the reading of high-quality works, the writing of essays on challenging but thought-provoking topics, and the discussion of insightful questions, with a few creative projects thrown in for good measure. I found a new outlet, rigorous and demanding but never frustrating or dull, for my favorite work of reading, writing, and reading some more!
    I felt confident and comfortable taking the AP Exam, and though I have not yet received my scores, I know that whatever success I receive owes a lot to Mrs. Serbicki’s well-paced practice regimen and amazingly detailed critiques of my writing. For me, the most valuable assignments were simply writing the essays, both timed and untimed. I received a lot of valuable practice and training not only in developing my thoughts about a work into a clear analysis, but also in expressing those thoughts precisely and attractively with a good prose style. However, webboard discussion was also extremely valuable, and often helped me clarify my thoughts in the writing of the answers and in sharing discussions with my classmates (whom I will miss).”
    – Student (full-year AP Literature)

  5. Ginny S.

    “I won a scholarship recently with an essay/speech that I submitted for the VFW´s Voice of Democracy contest. I actually used a lot of creative writing elements in mine, and I really feel like I owe it to your course for sharpening those aspects of my writing and really my writing as a whole. So I did just want to let you know and thank you for the great feedback on my work so far…The scholarship was worth $20,000 to Springhill College.” (Ginny S., year-long Creative Writing)

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Required Texts

Required Texts:
“Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell (nonfiction essay; I will provide link)
“Living with Music” by Ralph Ellison (nonfiction memoir excerpt; I will provide online link)
“Love is a Fallacy” by Max Shulman (satire focused on logical fallacies; I will provide link)
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor (short story; I will provide online link)
“All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury (short story; I will provide online link)
Classic and modern poems for which I will provide links; no additional purchase necessary.

Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

Classes:
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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