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APSI: Pre-AP High School English for New Teachers, Week 2

For grade levels: High School Grades 9-10 Pre-AP English

This course will acquaint participants with activities and strategies that will help prepare their students for the challenges of upper-level AP courses.

 Attendees will have opportunities to practice with reading, rhetoric, writing, and discussion strategies that will foster deeper analysis and critical thinking. In addition, participants will work with ways to modify AP materials and develop scoring guides and rubrics that better meet Pre-AP abilities. This course is targeted toward the high school Pre-AP teacher who seeks activities that will provide a practical foundation for AP Language and Literature expectations.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42283 Pat Conquest On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Instructor: Pat Conquest

Lead Consultant

With degrees (B.A. and M.S.) from Purdue University and additional course work at UT-Austin, Pat Conquest has taught a wide variety of levels and courses in her 35 years in the classroom, the last 13 of which included the sophomore Pre-AP area.  Although retired from Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District, Pat remains active as an observer for UTeach student teachers and interns and as a College Board consultant in the areas of Pre-AP® Strategies: AP Vertical Teams® in English and SAT, presenting at one-and two-day conferences as well as summer institutes. A self-described ‘workshop addict,’ she firmly believes that learning and sharing should never stop. She considers herself a lifelong learner, a student along with her students and participants.

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 25, 2017

End Date: July 28, 2017

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

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by the Center for College Readiness.

  • Foundation skills for AP Literature and Language
  • Approaches for vocabulary and analysis
  • Strategies for reading, analysis, writing, and discussion questioning
  • Modification of materials and exams for Pre-AP
  • Development of scoring guides and rubrics
  • Practice and activities in grammar, usage, and syntax
  • Tone applications

Day 1

  • Vertical teaming ideas and goals
  • Overview of AP expectations and role of Pre-AP
  • Literary terms/connecting to meaning
  • Discussion question types

Day 2

  • Scoring essays
  • Pre-AP Essay writing
  • Style awareness
  • Modifying AP tests for Pre-AP
  • Rubric creation and use

Day 3

  • Grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling, etc.
  • Tone
  • Syntax

Day 4

  • Rhetorical Triangle and Appeals
  • SOAPSTone and poetry
  • Vocabulary in the Pre-AP classroom
  • Odds and Ends
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes (3” X 3” and 2” X 2”)
  • The AP Vertical Teams™ Guide for English (will be issued to all participants on the first day of the Institute)