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What exactly is Pre-AP English?. Welcome! So what is Pre-AP English like in high school? . The overall goal for this course is to analyze quality literature as well as to develop skills as a reader and a writer.

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welcome so what is pre ap english like in high school
Welcome! So what is Pre-AP English like in high school?
  • The overall goal for this course is to analyze quality literature as well as to develop skills as a reader and a writer.
  • You will need to be prepared to read 20+ pages a night for homework and to read more than one work at a time.
  • You will also need to be prepared to write several papers as well as complete numerous projects throughout the year – most of which are completed on your own time.
what exactly is pre ap english i
What exactly is Pre-AP English I?
  • Enrolling in the English Pre-AP program will give you a head start at finding your potential.

What potential?

  • Potential to think. Potential to write. Potential to see the world through varying perspectives. Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.

-- Paul Theroux

description of the pre ap student
Description of the Pre-AP Student:
  • Understands that the Pre-AP course is more rigorous than other English classes and could require a minimum of 45-60 minutes of outside preparation for each class period,
  • Finishes work within the prescribed timeline
Handles mature subjects, which are in some literary selections, with the utmost level of decorum and maturity, and
  • Understands that success in any AP course requires a high mastery of content level skills prior to the beginning of that course.
what is the difference between pre ap english i and english i

Higher Expectations – of work ethic, of behavior, of willingness to participate

Level of difficulty

More outside reading

More outside writing

More outside thinking

More outside…everything.

What is the difference between Pre-AP English I and English I?
reasons why you should enroll in pre ap english
Reasons Why You Should Enroll in Pre-AP English
  • You enjoy reading – even books that aren’t “your type.”
  • You enjoy writing.
  • You want to learn.
  • You like to discuss issues in class.
  • You want college credit (eventually) for your courses.
  • You love to be challenged.
reasons why you should not enroll in pre ap english i
Reasons Why You Should Not Enroll in Pre-AP English I
  • All my friends are taking it.
  • I don’t want to be in a class with her or him.
  • I have nothing better to do this summer.
  • I hate to read.
  • I hate to write.
  • I hate homework.
  • I am involved in a lot of after school activities.
but is it difficult
But…is it difficult?
  • Yes. The Pre-AP program at the high school is tailored for students who desire to become better thinkers, writers and readers.
  • Your Pre-AP English I teachers purposefully build a rigorous course to prepare you for the increasing difficulty in Pre-AP English II and the courses that give you college credit: AP Language and Composition (AP English III) and AP Literature and Composition (AP English IV).
take this quotation into consideration
Take this quotation into consideration:
  • “The Pre-AP student must be willing, if necessary, to sacrifice social, extracurricular, and/or employment for the sake of learning.” - Asheley Griffin, Pre-AP instructor
  • In short, learning should be your priority.
what will you be doing










What will you be doing?
What will you be reading?Note: This is a tentative list of the novels you could expect to read next year
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • The Odyssey – Homer
  • Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  • Tale of Two Cities -- Charles Dickens
  • Miscellaneous Short Stories and Poetry

Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all. - Henry David Thoreau

what will you be writing
Short Answer responses

Expository Essays




Reader Responses

Short Stories

Persuasive Essays


Literary Analyses

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well, and if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. - George Orwell

What will you be writing?
and finally what is the summer assignment
And finally…what is the summer assignment?
  • Step One:ReadAnimal Farm and selected chapters of How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
  • Step Two: Complete the written assignments associated with each work.
  • Step Three: Be prepared to test over the selected stories the first day of school.
how do i obtain my materials
How do I obtain my materials?
  • Go to a bookstore (Barnes and Noble in Harker Heights)
  • Order from www.amazon.com or www.bn.com
  • Go to the public library and check the books out
any questions
Any Questions?
  • We are so excited about you coming! Let us know if you need anything…We encourage you or your parents to send questions our way. We are here to help you. Please e-mail as questions arise, but don’t wait until the week before school starts!

-- Mrs. Garrett – erica.garrett@bisd.net

-- Mrs. Grohmann – shirley.grohmann@bisd.net