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English Language & Composition

Katherine Jaroch

Photo of Katherine JarochCollege Board consultant and educator Katherine Jaroch is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and has taught English on both coasts for the past 17 years. She holds a B.S. from Miami University and an M.A. from The University of Michigan, and earned her National Board Certification in 2007.  Since 2015, she has been teaching at South Pasadena High School just outside Los Angeles, California, where she is the lead AP Lang teacher. She has extensive experience with new teacher mentoring and adult learning, has spearheaded curriculum development in Ethnic Studies and other courses, and has served as Department Chair and ELD Site Coordinator. AP Lang is her preferred course to teach, and her class has been considered a favorite of students for both its rigor and accessibility. She is particularly skilled at effectively integrating writing conferences and reflection strategies into AP Lang, as well as supporting recently reclassified ELD students. Katherine was voted Teacher of the Year at SPHS in 2021 and she enjoys running, reading, and spending quality time with her adolescent son (when he allows it). 

Course Description

This institute is designed for both new and experienced AP Language and Composition teachers to come together as a community of learners and enhance their teaching practices, explore new resources, and engage in activities to help plan, instruct, and manage the AP Lang course. Participants will explore the CED, review and discuss scored student writing samples from the 2024 exam, tailor and curate their syllabus texts, and learn how to skillfully navigate AP Classroom. Participants will also gain insight into diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as best practices for teaching rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argument, as well as critical thinking and close-reading skills through varied texts that bring the world into the classroom. We will explore how to incorporate flexible collaborative groups and routines in the classroom to encourage discussion and reflective practices, as well as how to stay on top of grading. Participants will learn the logistics for the digital exam in 2025 and will receive full sets of sample student essays from the 2024 exam.


Day 1

Overview and Groundwork

  • Overview of the Course and Exam Description (CED) and AP Language Course
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access
  • Course and Syllabus Design
  • Classroom Organization
  • Unit and Lesson Planning
Day 2

Rhetorical Analysis

  • Rhetorical Situation
  • MC Analysis Passages
  • 2024 Rhetorical Analysis Prompt
  • Text Connections and Rhetorical Writing Strategies
  • AP Daily and AP Classroom
  • Unit and Lesson Planning
Day 3


  • MC Composition Passages
  • 2024 Argument Prompt
  • Assessments, Grading, Reflection
  • Text Connections and Rhetorical Reading Strategies
  • Unit and Lesson Planning
Day 4

Synthesis and Research Writing

  • 2024 Synthesis Prompt
  • Media Literacy and Online Reasoning 
  • Share out: best practices for student discussions, small groups, data-gathering and tracking, writing conferences, and reflection
  • Unit and Lesson Planning