Working with Challenging Primary Sources
To promote student engagement with meaningful texts, we've created a new, free online resource for teachers offering strategies for teaching reading and writing focused on challenging primary sources:
In keeping with the theme of this year's Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize, these modules were developed for AP U.S. History teachers, but the nonfiction reading and writing strategies they explore will be useful for teachers of a variety of AP subjects.
Welcome, AP teachers! Here you'll find resources for teaching AP English Language and Composition, including engaging instructional materials, sample exam questions, and current course information.
Essential Course Resources
- AP English Language and Composition Course Description
Course Overview (.pdf/1.29MB) | Full Course Description (.pdf/2.01MB)
- Fall 2015 Revisions to the English Language Course Description — Describes minor clarifications to the exam reading period instructions.
- AP English Language Teacher's Guide (.pdf/1.0MB)
Other Core Resources
- AP English Language and Composition Frequently Asked Questions
- AP English Language and Composition Development Committee
- AP English Language and Composition Course Perspective
AP Exam Information and Resources
- AP English Language and Composition Exam Information
- Free AP English Language and Composition Practice Exam
- The AP English Language Exam: Developing an Argument
- Shaping Argument: Lessons from 2003 Exam Samples
- The Question of the Question
- AP English Language Exam Tips
- Multiple Choice Section Scoring Change
AP Course Audit Information
From the College Board
From Your AP Colleagues
- Entering the Synthesis Conversation: Starting with What We're Already Doing
- Teaching Nonfiction Books in AP English Language and Composition
- Conferences With Student Writers
- Persona in Autobiography
- A Wealth of Arguments: Using Science Writing in AP English Language and Composition
- Synthesis and the DBQ
- Blending AP English Language and Composition and American Literature
- Nonfiction at Heart: AP English Language and Composition
- On Your Mark: AP English Language and Composition
- Lazy Cheaters and Other Misnomers: Part I
- Lazy Cheaters and Other Misnomers: Part II
- Significance, Consequence, or Reason: Creating Meaningful Thesis Statements
- But This Book Has Pictures! The Case for Graphic Novels in an AP Classroom
- Reading Images: An Approach and a Demonstration
- Adapting Literature Circles: A Study of "Reason"
- What Do Students Need to Know About Rhetoric? (.pdf/119KB)
Course Content — Related Articles
Reviews of Teaching Resources
There are currently more than 250 reviews of teaching resources, including textbooks, Web sites, software, and more, in the Teachers' Resources area. Each review describes the resource and suggests ways it might be used in the classroom.
- June – August: AP Summer Institutes are offered for AP English Language and Composition. These workshops, at different sites throughout the country, will provide an in-depth look at the course and exam.
- September – April: One-day Professional Development Workshops are offered for AP English Language and Composition.
- To locate Summer Institutes and workshops and register, visit AP Central Professional Development.