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Pre-AP®: Strategies in English – Differentiated Instruction in Middle School Language Arts

Expand your English teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

Middle-school teachers learn strategies for differentiated classrooms that prepare students for high-level language arts. High school teachers can modify these strategies for their students. The workshop focuses on the importance of building strong relationships with students and continual assessment in a differentiated classroom. Teachers also learn how to present students with challenging curriculum that empowers them to take charge of their own learning.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; current thinking in the field of differentiated instruction, including King-Shaver, Hunter, and Tomlinson; National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards; and to AP English Literature and AP English Language standards and skills.


  • Understand AP standards in English and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Understand differentiated instruction and how to implement it in your classroom
  • Learn specific strategies for daily lessons using your available resources
  • Learn what students need for AP English
  • Gain appreciation of issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in English


What Is Differentiated Instruction?
How Does Differentiated Instruction Apply to Middle Level English/Language Arts Classrooms?
What Does a Middle School English/Language Arts Classroom Using Differential Instruction Look Like?
How Do Teachers Manage a Differentiated Classroom?
What Strategies Can Be Used to Differentiate Instruction?
How Do Teachers Plan and Begin to Differentiate Instruction?
What Have You Learned About Differential Instruction?

Workshop author

Alyce Hunter has taught middle school and high school English for more than 25 years. She has supervised teachers and served as a district director of staff development. For the past 10 years she has taught graduate-level education courses at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Ms. Hunter has written three books on teaching and teaching strategies.

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