Pre-AP Summer Workshops: Pre-AP High School English for New Teachers, Option 1

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

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

Pre-AP English teachers teachers will explore strategies to enhance their courses by focusing on the five curriculum areas of essay writing: close reading, language analysis, rhetorical analysis, constructing an argument, and personal voice development.  Emphasis will be placed on non-fiction selections and methods to encourage student-centered learning.  Participants will work to refine major units to more closely reflect Advanced Placement goals, will review and discuss the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition and the English Literature and Composition exams, and will brainstorm what Pre-AP teachers can do to help students achieve necessary skills.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42507 Jamie Stanley On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: Jamie Stanley

Jamie Stanley teaches at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas.  As a College Board consultant, she works with pre-AP and AP English teachers throughout the Southwest Region.  She is a presenter for one and two-day conferences, as well as Pre-AP and AP Summer Institutes held at Southern Methodist University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas, the University of Arkansas, and others.  She is a Reader for the national Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam since 1999 and has served as department chair and English Vertical Team Leader.  Ms. Stanley holds a B,A. in Literature from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $485

Early Registration: $435 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $535 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26

  • Overviews of the AP Lang/AP Lit Exams
  • Practice scoring Free Response samples
  • Skills Building
  • MC Practice Strategies
  • IBL Research Ideas
  • Comedy and Satire
  • Pre-19th c. literature
  • From SOAPSTone to a Rhetorical Précis
  • Vocabulary
  • Non-Fiction Analysis
  • Independent Reading
  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry
  • Essay Writing and Organization
  • Rhetorical Terms
  • Best Shared Practices
  • Grading, Scoring, Assessments, Rubrics
  • Planning and Prep Time
  • Laptop or other electronic device
  • Flashdrive
  • Copy of a novel you will be using next year
  • Copy of a non-fiction book you will use (or hoping to use) next year
  • Post-its and note-taking supplies
  • 30 copies of a successful, engaging lesson to share