APSI: AP English Language and Composition for New Teachers, Week 2

Participants will explore ways to improve and enhance a Pre-AP high school English course and will share ideas on how to develop lessons for major units to reflect AP goals.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Ideas will be shared on how to combine your requirements to teach American Literature and to build a successful AP class for student success on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. Participants will discuss the AP Language and Composition and Literature and Composition exams and how to best relate Pre-AP goals to future student success on these exams. The ideas discussed in this course can be applied to various novels so it will be up to the participants to adapt them to their course and materials.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42782 Yvonne Kaatz On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: Yvonne Kaatz

Lead Consultant

Yvonne Kaatz teaches 11th grade AP English Language and Composition and 10th-grade Pre-AP English at Dripping Springs High School in Dripping Springs, Texas. She has taught 9th- and 10th-grade Pre-AP English for the last 27 years. She is also a reader for the AP Language and Composition Exam.  For the past 12 years, she has presented at one- and two-day conferences for the College Board, and in 2006 at the AP National Conference. Since the summer of 2006, she has presented at week long conferences in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  She has also presented for Region XIII and at The University of Texas. Ms. Kaatz is currently the English Department Chair and has served as events coordinator, grade-level team leader, district curriculum advisor for Austin ISD, and AP Coordinator for DSISD. She holds a BS from Texas A&M with a specialization in writing. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Close reading
  • Annotating the text
  • Analyzing and Author’s Style
  • Attacking an AP Prompt
  • Developing personal voice in writing
  • Methods for working with non-fiction texts and analysis
  • Creative ways to teach poetry and analysis