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.

In this middle school course we will focus on how to design the high school / college-prep English curriculum while balancing the intellectual and emotional needs of the young student. We will put one foot in an ideal world of rigorous expectations and the other foot in fun and friendly lessons. Logical planning and scaffolding will help us achieve success with our middle school students.


  • Close reading
  • Grammar basics
  • Syntax development
  • Research skills
  • Narrative, analytical and argument writing
  • Planning and development

What participants should bring:

Please bring a favorite short story and poem that you enjoy teaching.

Lead Consultant Biography:

Jackie Rains has taught seventh-grade English at Fort Worth Country Day for 13 years and loves establishing a foundation that students will build on in their future high school and college years. In an additional job as the K–12 English Department chair, she has worked with fellow teachers in establishing a healthy and challenging vertical skills alignment. Also, as a Laying the Foundation presenter, she works with teachers from across the country and benefit immensely from a powerful exchange of ideas. In her previous 19-year position with the Abilene Independent School District, she served as an AP English lead teacher and worked as a liaison between AP Strategies and the school district while also teaching AP Language and Pre-AP English 10.


Course Description:

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
  • Highlighters
  • Copies of (or access to) current curriculum
  • Computers or tablets are optional

Instructor Biography:

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.


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