The AP Preparedness Summer Workshops are designed to help teachers increase the rigor of content so students develop the strong foundation necessary for success in secondary advanced academics and post-secondary courses.
Course descriptions for each section are available below.
This course will provide strategies for incorporating AP concepts into the middle school English classroom and for working with an AP vertical team to develop a coordinated, articulated curriculum.
- Pre-AP strategies
- Close reading and analysis
- How to incorporate Pre-AP strategies into your current coursework and/or units
- Fiction, nonfiction and poetry
- Modifying and adapting the AP test
What participants should bring:
- Poem, novel or short piece of literature currently used or that you would like to use
- Notebook paper, Post-it notes, highlighter, pen/pencil
- If you are experienced and have an activity that incorporates technology with AP strategies, bring it to share. You are also welcome to share a non-technological lesson that incorporates AP strategies.
- If you are totally new to teaching PAP, bring your questions.
Penny Crofford is teaching Honors and core language and literature to sixth and seventh graders for her fourth year at Monte Cassino School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after 26 years at Childers Middle School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she taught sixth through eighth graders for 26 of the 43 years she has taught. She previously taught junior high English and reading in the Dallas Independent School District. At Broken Arrow, she was the department chair and ELA/PLC leader at her school, a member of her district’s AP Governing Board and the district’s Total Instructional Alignment Team, and was a presenter for professional development. In 2012, she served on the Pre-AP English Curriculum Framework Team and a national College Board committee, and was a reviewer for “Advanced Language & Literature,” a 10th-grade PAP textbook for Bedford St. Martin, which was published in 2015. Ms. Crofford has presented at College Board summer institutes and conferences in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico since 1998 and is also a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative. She was Childers’ Teacher of the Year twice, was the recipient of the KOTV Channel 2 Salute to Education Award and is an AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow. She received the Benedictine Award for Excellence for the middle school at Monte in 2017. She holds a BA in English and education from the University of Tulsa. She is also a Pre-AP national faculty consultant for the College Board.
Participants will examine the updates to both AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition with the goal of honing current curriculum and instructional practices. Participants will leave with practical methods and strategies to prepare students for high school English and AP.
Topics will include the following:
- Close reading and annotation of both fiction and nonfiction
- Specific strategies in literary analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama
- Incorporating a variety of discussion strategies to improve critical thinking and writing
- Grammar, style and rhetorical analysis
- The role of the new AP rubrics in middle school writing
What participants should bring (e.g., laptop or other electronic device, supplies, books with ISBN number):
- Sticky notes
- Pen and paper for note-taking
- Copies of (or access to) current curriculum
- Computers or tablets are optional
Ann Jackson teaches high school and middle school English at Home Run Ministries in Kingwood, Texas. 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, Texas. An endorsed College Board consultant for over 20 years in one- and two-day workshops and summer institutes, Ms. Jackson has also written workshop material for the College Board and serves as a mentor to new consultants. She was twice recognized as Crosby High School’s Teacher of the Year and is a recipient of the Goldin Foundation Excellence in Education Award. Ms. Jackson received both her BA in English education and MA in supervision and administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.