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

Gain a basic understanding of AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition and the role of Pre-AP English classes.

Participants in this course will gain a basic understanding of AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition and the role of Pre-AP English classes. They will learn and review techniques for thinking, reading, writing, and discussion. In addition, teachers will share best practices and work independently or together to develop a unit on a work of their choice.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42281 Ann Jackson On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 25, 2017

Instructor: Ann Jackson

Lead Consultant

Ann Jackson teaches English 3-4 and Middle School English at Home Run Ministries in Kingwood, TX. Prior to this assignment, she taught all levels of English for 33 years in Texas and Louisiana public schools. She also served as department chair and vertical team leader in Crosby, TX, where she taught Pre-AP English II and AP Language and Composition.  An endorsed College Board consultant in one- and two-day workshops and summer institutes, Ms. Jackson has written workshop material for the College Board and has served as a mentor to new consultants. Twice recognized as Crosby High School’s Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jackson is also a recipient of the Goldin Foundation Excellence in Education Award.  Ms. Jackson received both her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and Master’s degree in Supervision and Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

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

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Topics will include the following (agenda subject to change based on needs of participants):


  • Jumping in with the most important skill: Close reading
  • Looking at the end: an examination of both AP courses
  • Structuring curriculum, instruction and assessment to prepare students for AP courses


  • Developing classroom strategies appropriate for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, visuals
  • Vertical teaming


  • Continuing strategies
  • Grammar
  • Style and rhetorical analysis
  • Discussion techniques


  • Writing for standardized tests and other formats
  • Preparing Pre-AP students for the synthesis question
  • Designing a unit for a novel, play or other long work
  • A novel, play or other long work you would like to teach, but for which you have not developed a unit
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper
  • Computer or tablet is handy but optional