Pre-AP® High School English (Session Full; Accepting Waitlist)

Pre-Advanced Placement High School English teachers will explore ways to enhance their pre-AP English 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 approach the Synthesis Question.  We will work on how to refine major units to more closely reflect Advanced Placement goals.  Participants will spend part of the Institute looking at and discussing the AP English Exams to have a better understanding of the nature of those tests, and what we can do as Pre- AP teachers to help students achieve those necessary skills.

Participants should be willing to share a favorite and/or successful lesson with fellow participants.

Course Outline (Subject to Change):


A          Introductions and Sharing of Goals

B          An Overview of the AP English Exams

C          Deconstruction of AP Multiple Choice Selections

D         Planning and Work Time


A          Analyzing Tone Using Non-Fiction Prose

B          The Rhetorical Précis

C          Shared Best Practices

D         Planning and Work Time/Field Trip


A          Magazine Article Analysis

B          Scoring Student Responses on the AP Scale

C          Shared Best Practices

D         Planning and Work Time/Field Trip


A          Books, Books, Books

B          Shared Best Practices

C          What’s So Funny?

D         IBL Project and the Synthesis Prompt




Jamie Stanley Jamie Stanley has taught high school English for twenty-six years now.  She is currently working at Stephen F.