Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* English Language, July 29 - Aug. 1, 2013

Lead Consultant: Philip Templet    


Course Description

This course will explore skills and strategies necessary for success on the AP* English Language and Composition Examination. Using the format of the actual AP* exam as a guide, the presenter will direct the participants in reviewing/studying resources that the teacher can use whether her course is based on genres, themes, or historical chronology. Rigor will be emphasized and illustrated.

Topics and activities:

  • Structuring the argument,
  • Addressing the synthesis question,
  • Rhetorical analysis,
  • Achieving success with AP multiple-choice questions,
  • Analyzing and incorporating suitable texts,
  • Striking a balance between fiction and non-fiction,
  • Types of essays to assign,
  • Scoring/grading essays,
  • Teaching grammar and syntax.

About Philip Templet

A veteran of over thirty-six years in education, Philip Templet currently teaches AP* Literature and Composition (12) and Pre-AP* English II (10) at the School for the Talented and Gifted in the Dallas ISD. Prior to teaching full time at the TAG Magnet, he served as an AP* Lead English Teacher in the Dallas ISD. He has taught AP* Language and Composition and Pre-AP* English I (9) as well. He has presented several College-Board two-day conferences throughout the Southwest, and he has been a reader for the AP* English Language and Composition examination for the last seven years. In addition to consulting for the College Board, he is a consultant/presenter with Louis Educational Concepts; and he has served as a presenter for the National Math and Science Institute. And still, after quite a number of years in the classroom, he continues to discover in teaching the elusive elixir of youth.

2012 Participant Testimonials

"Open atmosphere, wealth of information, engaged questions/ideas of participants in a fun, serious, thoughtful and effective way. One of the best I've attended--treated as professionals, yet not stuffy. Very inviting and invigorating."

"I really liked Philip's enthusiasm for the subject and teaching in general. He clearly enjoys teaching and was motivational. My favorite part of the class was the practical applications/ideas..."

"Mr. Templet was very entertaining and knowledgeable. I will incorporate more current events now into my classroom. The ancillary and handout (books) were also a welcome gift. Well done!"  

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