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Pre-AP: Strategies in Social Studies—Writing Tactics Using SOAPSTone

Expand your social studies teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

Teachers learn the SOAPSTone writing strategy, which identifies speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, and tone. The technique can help students address problems in their writing. The workshop focuses on critical reading and analytical writing skills that mirror the habits of sophisticated writers. Topics include:

  • The writing process
  • Narrative
  • The persuasive essay
  • Analytical writing

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards ; and to standards and skills for AP courses in social studies.


  • Understand AP standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Learn what students need for AP social studies courses
  • Improve your ability to assess student writing
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in social studies


Students and the Writing Process
The Narrative
The Persuasive Essay
Analytical Writing

Workshop author

Tracey Wilson is a teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. She served on the development committees for The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies and the Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies for English and Social Studies workshop. An AP Reader and College Board consultant, she teaches at the St. Johnsbury Academy Advanced Placement Institute each summer. In 1999, Ms. Wilson won the New England region's Advanced Placement Program Special Recognition Award.

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