Introduction to Advanced Placement English Writing: Summer Intensive 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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.
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.