Pre-AP Summer Workshops: Pre-AP Middle School English for New Teachers, Option 2

Designed for all English teachers (regardless of grade or student abilities taught), this course will provide sound instructional practices for increasing rigor in the English/Language Arts classroom. 

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

Teachers will learn how to help their students write effectively and confidently while analyzing samples of good writing to identify an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques – reading like a writer and vice-versa.

Learning objectives include:

+ Participate in academic discussions to facilitate the improvement of student performance related to citing text-based evidence, literary analysis, and academic vocabulary
+ Evaluate written and verbal arguments based on readings and research
+ Design and implement curriculum strategies and lessons that differentiate student learning for reading, writing, speaking, and listening
+ Integrate technology that activates student engagement with primary and secondary sources, complex text, and multimedia
+ Develop and implement appropriate assessments for vocabulary, discussions, and writing
+ Analyze and design instruction aligned with preparing students for Advanced Placement Language and Literature curriculum


Sectionsort descending Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42506 Lynette Piech On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: Lynette Piech

Lynette Piech is an AP Language and Composition teacher in Florida, where she has taught middle and high school for almost twenty-five years. She has worked with the College Board as a Pre-AP English Vertical Teams consultant since 2003, leading APSIs at universities across the country. In 2007, she published Middle School Literacy Centers: Connecting Struggling Readers to Literature and began working with initiatives related to preparing nontraditional students for access and equity paths into college: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “EXCELerator” program in Washington DC and “Rise to Rigor” across the state of Florida. Currently, she resides in Navarre, Florida with her husband, Dave, and three rescued Labradors.

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $485

Early Registration: $435 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $535 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26

  • Enhancing teacher’s familiarity of rigorous strategies related to grammar, vocabulary, literature, writing, and discussions
  • Increasing teacher’s knowledge of Rhetoric and demonstrate use of strategies that increase a student’s stylistic maturity in writing
  • Increasing teacher’s knowledge of how to integrate “best practices” into an instructional sequence: Close Reading, strategies for analyzing primary and secondary sources, integrating multimedia, and authentic assessments
  • Improving student talk as a tool for processing text
  • Laptop
  • Highlighter
  • Pens and paper
  • All instructional materials will be supplied