Introduction to AP Essay Writing (Summer II)

From: $85.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 9th-12th

Live class: Wednesdays 3PM-3:50PM EST

Course dates: July 8th-August 23rd

Price: $225

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

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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:

o Fiction Analysis Essay, Nonfiction Rhetorical Analysis Essay, Argumentative Essay, and Poetry Essay structure and content.

o Choosing, formatting, and defending appropriate examples.

o Making connections between rhetorical devices and the author’s theme.

o Concrete analysis rather than summary: the clear method to take your essays from “mediocre” to “SUPERB!”

o 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.

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.

Course Structure

I will post Homework on Monday morning; all weekly assignments are due Friday night. Students will receive and submit all homework materials through our class website, although I also send weekly emails to check in. Students may spend 5-6 hours a week on this class.

Who should enroll?

9th-12th graders

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I provide detailed critiques on ALL written essay assignments and on MCQ work as desired. Essay assignments are critiqued within 1 week or less. I critique essays based on elements that will matter in AP-level coursework: structure, clarity, and content (analysis or argumentative). Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.

Communication

An application is not necessary to join this course; you may register at your convenience. I will contact parents within 1-2 days of their registration being processed. Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.

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.

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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

Video:

Lili explains the assignments and goals of her AP English Literature course.

Lili discusses her AP English Language course.

Lili describes the assignments in her Creative Writing class.

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