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.

For high school grades 9–10, upper-level English

This course will acquaint participants with activities and strategies that will help prepare their students for the challenges of upper-level courses. Attendees will have opportunities to practice with reading, rhetoric, writing and discussion strategies that will foster deeper analysis and critical thinking. In addition, participants will work with ways to modify upper-level materials and develop scoring guides and rubrics that better meet the abilities of ninth and 10th graders. This course is targeted toward the upper-level ninth- or 10th-grade high school teacher who seeks activities and planning that will provide a practical foundation for higher-level language and literature expectations.


  • Foundation skills for AP Literature and Language
  • Approaches for vocabulary and analysis
  • Strategies for reading, analysis, writing and discussion questioning
  • Modification of materials and exams for Pre-AP
  • Development of scoring guides and rubrics
  • Practice and activities in grammar, usage and syntax
  • Tone applications
  • Planning time and templates

What participants should bring:

  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes (3 by 3 in. and 2 by 2 in.)
  • Piece of literature you will teach in the 2019–20 school year (no poems, please)

Lead Consultant Biography:

With a BA and an MS from Purdue University and additional coursework at UT-Austin, Pat Conquest has taught a wide variety of levels and courses in her 35 years in the classroom, the last 13 of which included the sophomore Pre-AP area. Although retired from Westwood High School in the Round Rock ISD, Pat remains active as a field supervisor for UTeach student teachers and interns and as a College Board consultant in the areas of Pre-AP Strategies, AP Vertical Teams in English and SAT, presenting at one-and two-day conferences as well as summer institutes. A self-described “workshop addict,” she firmly believes that learning and sharing should never stop. She considers herself a lifelong learner, a student along with her students and participants.

Course description coming soon.


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