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Strategies in English Writing—Tactics Using SOAPSTone

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

Teachers learn classroom tactics to help students analyze writing and create their own texts. Participants discuss the concepts underlying the writing process, narrative, the persuasive essay, and analytical writing through the use of SOAPSTone (identifying speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, and tone).

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards; and to AP English Literature and AP English Language standards and skills.


  • Understand AP standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Learn what students need for AP English
  • Help students gain the skills of successful writers
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in English


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

Workshop author

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 latest edition. Mr. Morse served on the development committee for The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English and is now a presenter and trainer for the workshops he helped develop.