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Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies—Argumentation & the Writing Process

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

This one-day workshop helps social studies, English, and humanities teachers address a challenge facing many middle and high school students: how to develop a logical and effective argument.

The workshop offers middle and high school teachers instructional strategies to help students discover and work with the elements of argumentation. Topics addressed in the workshop include analyzing texts and construct arguments, and the assessment of written performance.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity, to the rigor expected in AP courses, and to the AP Vertical Teams approach.


  • Acquire content background
  • Learn approaches to illustrate effective pedagogy in:
    • The elements of effective argumentation
    • Strategies to encourage students to ask questions and draw inferences
  • Understanding the value of graphic organizers to help students dissect texts, analyze arguments, and organize writing.


Elements of an Effective Argument
Analyzing Texts to Construct Arguments
Constructing a Written Argument
Assessing a Written Performance

Workshop authors

Mike Henry taught AP United States History for 20 years in Princes George's County, Maryland. He is now an adjunct professor of history at Prince George's Community College and University of Maryland-University College. Mr. Henry is also a College Board consultant and writer. He has been an AP Reader and Table Leader for 14 years and has given numerous presentations at the regional and national level. He has written two books on preparing for the AP United States History Examination and co-wrote a College Board workshop on argumentation.

Ogden Morse is a retired English teacher and department chair, last affiliated with Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. He served on the development committee for Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies for English and Social Studies, wrote much of it, and has since revised it for the most recent edition. Mr. Morse served on the development committee for The AP Vertical Teams® Guide for English and has written a one-day workshop, Pre-AP: Strategies in English-Writing Tactics Using SOAPSTone. He now serves as a presenter and trainer for the workshops he helped develop.

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