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English   ( Week 1 )
Pre-AP English High School (Combined teachers)
Ann Jackson
Target grade(s): 9-10

Course Description

Participants in this course will gain a basic understanding of AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition and the role of Pre-AP English classes. They will share best practices and work together to develop a unit on a work of their choice.

Topics will include the following:
How to structure curriculum, instruction and assessment to prepare students for AP courses
Classroom strategies in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama
Discussion techniques
Close reading and annotation
Style and rhetorical analysis
Writing for EOC, SAT, ACT and AP
Preparing Pre-AP students for the synthesis question
Vertical teaming
Designing a unit for a novel, play or other long work

Items to Bring

  • A novel, play or other long work you would like to teach, but for which you have not developed a unit
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper
  • Computer or tablet is handy but optional

Biographical Sketch for Ann Jackson

Ann Jackson teaches English 3-4 and Basic English at Home Run Ministries in Kingwood, TX. 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, TX. 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 has served 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 Bachelor's degree in English Education and Master's degree in Supervision and Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


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