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English Literature & Composition

Kathleen Hale

Kathleen Lynch Hale is a native of Rumson, NJ who has taught primarily in San Diego and Hawaii for 22 years. She earned her B.A. from Hamilton College in English with a minor in French and also holds an M.A. in English Literature from S.U.N.Y. Albany and an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She currently teaches AP English Literature and ERWC at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, CA and over the past two decades has taught grades 7-12.

Kathy has served as an AP English Literature instructor for over 22 years in San Diego and Hawaii.  She has attended the AP Literature Reading seven times in Louisville and Kansas City, a professional development opportunity that has significantly shaped her teaching practice.  Kathy has also worked as AP Coordinator at her site and as AP Mentor for College Board. Other leadership roles that she has held and currently holds in San Marcos Unified School District include serving as English Team Leader, a site Leadership Team member, a beginning teacher induction coach and district leader, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, visiting committee member, and Pageantry Director over Cheer and Dance teams.

As a life-long learner, Kathy has recently completed her preliminary credential in administrative services.  In addition to her English credential, she also holds a supplemental one in Dance and is currently finishing her French credential. Kathy is married to Jonathan Hale, her college sweetheart, and is the proud mom of two high school sons.

Course Description

This AP English Literature week-long training is designed specifically for new instructors. As College Board has transitioned to using a six-point rubric on the exam and has also fully implemented AP Classroom, teachers will learn how to use both the new rubric and the Digital Platform (including Unit Guides, Personal Progress Checks, the Dashboard and the Question Bank) with confidence. We will learn how this online platform provides a wealth of practice materials for both Multiple-Choice and Free-Response formative and summative assessments. 

Every day, we will explore one area in depth such as prose, poetry or a longer work of literature. Teachers will analyze the new six-point rubric for each question and then score and discuss anchor papers using it. Every day, teachers will have time to customize the material and create lesson plans ready for instructional use. We will also cover building and/or editing a course syllabus through the lens of equity and access. Teachers will read the novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens prior to the workshop in order to come ready to analyze, discuss and share the novel in preparation for teaching it. 

Each teacher will receive a binder from the College Board that replaces the old “Acorn” book, as well as supplemental, digital materials from the instructor with graphic organizers, lessons, frames, literary resources and other student-friendly materials. This APSI is all about helping teachers understand the course changes, become familiar with the digital resources available on AP Classroom, acquire more instructional strategies, and customize materials to take home to their AP Lit students across the country.


Day 1
  • Equity and Access, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • College Board Course and Exam Description (aka “CED”)– review and discuss — links and course framework components
  • AP Classroom — Prose units and more resources
  • Focus on Unit I for Short Fiction I — “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin — character analysis, Video + THESIS
  • Question 2:  Prose — 2021 prompt, 6-point rubric, anchor papers, scoring guides — Key instructional strategies
  • Video with panelists:  preparing students for the prose passage + PP + Debrief
  • Reflection, Key Instructional Strategies and Comments
  • The New Rubric — more discussion, Row A, B, C
  • Writing Lessons, Passive Voice and Literary Present 
  • Journal reflection and discussion 
Day 2
  • Welcome back — Share a Summer Highlight
  • AP Classroom –I. Unit Guides II. Per Progress Checks
  • Multiple choice — Poetry and Prose
  • Focus on Unit 2 for Poetry — I Am Offering This Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca — group activity, AP Classroom
  • AM BREAK — Question 1 Poetry– 2021, 6-point rubric, anchor papers, scoring guide — What poetic elements differ from prose?
  • Essay organization options + Journal
  • Building your Syllabus
  • Poetry Video — Powerpoint and Panelists
  • Writing lessons — Review and Table of Contents
  • Literary Expansion — poetry and prose models
  • Pairing Psychology, art and art history with literature
  • Reflection, Comments, and Journal
Day 3
  • Welcome back
  • Literary Expansion — review and time
  • AP Classroom — III. Question Bank and IV. Progress DB
  • And Unit 3 daily video
  • Using AP Classroom + Novel/Play unit plans
  • Question 3, Open Q — 2018, 6-point rubric, anchor papers, scoring guide — Key instructional strategies
  • Video on the Open Question + discussion
  • Novel boards, AP Study Form and Past prompts, Q3
  • Teaching Theme & Open Q Graphic Organizer
  • New 21st-century Fiction
  • Syllabus Mini-Draft + time to work on Literary Terms (2)
  • The Reading video and discussion
  • Multiple Choice — poetry and prose
  • Journals, Reflection and Discussion
Day 4
  • Instructional Planning report — PP
  • The Gift of Time I:  MC exam + 2 Lit Exp + Journals and  or “The Flowers” by Alice Walker, close reading
  • CED — From Your AP Colleagues — great articles
  • Grading strategies to help
  • Writing Lessons — Final Thoughts on Foundation
  • The Gift of Time II: the c/ folder entries
  • or “The Landlady” — 2019 exam poem
  • Equity and Access Statement — revisit how you can access share strategies to take back to your classroom and support all students
  • Complete the workshop evaluation
  • Review, Reflect and Ready for the Classroom!