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AP Summer Institute workshop for Pre-AP English


Workshop Description

This course will focus on expanding best practices for pre-AP English teachers so they can better prepare their students for AP English courses. We will discuss strategies to teach critical thinking as well as design lessons for teachers to take back with them to implement immediately. The focus will be on writing and close reading. Participants can expect to have a “student experience” with some of the activities.

What to Bring

Please bring the following items with you:

  • Any good lessons you have used in the past
  • Technology – some materials will be provided electronically – be ready to use them!
  • Plenty of paper for note-taking and lesson designing
  • A core text you use in your course

Consultant Bio

Dr. Lynn Knowles graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, certified to teach English and Journalism. She received a master’s in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas and a PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University. She has taught high school English for over 25 years, all in the Dallas area. She currently serves as English department co-chair at Flower Mound High School, where she teaches English II preAP and Humanities. She has been a College Board consultant since 2003.





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Learning Outcomes

  • Bridging the fiction – non-fiction divide
  • Exploring style, syntax, voice and word choice, through mimics of quality sentences and longer pieces of prose
  • Utilizing strategies that shift the “brain work” to the students to build confidence and independence with text and with writing
  • Utilizing quality professional models as foundation for student writing, toward student adoption of “mature” elements in their own writing 
  • Constructing quality, targeted rubrics for student writing
  • Broadening the approach to syntax within the middle school classroom to help students refine voice and style in the context of their own writing
  • Integrating student-led literary and style discussions into the middle school classroom as a means of increasing both student understanding and higher level thinking, as well as assessing these skills
  • Equipping students with strategies to facilitate independent analysis of poetry and fiction, as well as pinning down that pesky tone
  • Building and maintaining a working vertical team and examining how middle school Pre-AP aligns with the high school program and the exam

Consultant Bio

Since 2001, Christian Cicoria has taught at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his arrival in San Antonio, Christian taught sophomores and juniors in Corpus Christi, Texas.  For the past nine years, he has led Pre-AP English sessions at one, two-day and week-long workshops in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Additionally, he has worked with several school districts in Texas focusing on curriculum alignment, strategy-based instruction and vertical teams to increase classroom rigor while also equipping students for success.  For the past five years, he has served as an instructor for the Independent School Association of the Southwest’s annual Beginning Teacher Institute .



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Resources for Participants

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