Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

Pre-AP* English for Middle School Teachers, July 29 - Aug. 1, 2013

Lead Consultant: Christian Cicoria


What to Bring

  • One significant/major piece of prose that you teach in your classroom
  • Sticky notes
  • Highlighters

Course Description

This workshop will emphasize a variety of analytical, close reading strategies appropriate for middle school students with the goal of fostering greater student independence and proficiency with poetry, prose and non-fiction, as well as preparing them do more analytical, more insightful, and more substantial inquiry in high school.

Course Activities:

  • Bridging the fiction – non-fiction divide
  • Exploring style, syntax, voice and word choice, through mimics of quality sentences and longer pieces of prose
  • Utilizing strategies that shift the “brain work” to the students to build confidence and independence with text and writing
  • Utilizing quality professional models as foundation for student writing, toward student adoption of “mature” elements in their own writing
  • Constructing quality, targeted rubrics for student writing
  • Integrating student-led literary and style discussions into the middle school classroom as a means of increasing both student understanding and higher level thinking, as well as assessing these skills
  • Equipping students with strategies to facilitate independent analysis of poetry and fiction, as well as pinning down that pesky tone
  • Building and maintaining a working vertical team and examining how middle school Pre-AP* aligns with the high school program and the exam

About Christian Cicoria

Christian Cicoria teaches at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas, where he has taught middle school for 10 years. Prior to his arrival in San Antonio, Christian taught sophomores and juniors in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the past seven years, he has led Pre-AP* English sessions at two-day institutes and at summer institutes in Texas and New Mexico. Additionally, he has worked with several school districts in Texas focusing on curriculum alignment, strategy instruction and vertical teams to increase classroom rigor while also equipping students for success. Additionally, for the past five years, he has served as an instructor for the Independent School Association of the Southwest’s Beginning Teacher Institute.

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