When my rural school added the AP English program eight years ago, we were fortunate enough to be enrolled in a grant initiative sponsored by the National Math and Science Institute to offer teachers and students resources in the way of workshops and paid performance incentives for students and teachers for three years. … KEEP READING
Faster Feedback: Creating Shortcuts in Google Docs has a GREAT tip allowing for more efficient feedback! Thanks, Catlin Tucker!
3 Teacher Stances for Writing Conferences by Rebekah O’Dell breaks down three different approaches to writing conferences with suggestions for starting conversations. I have had 9 writing conferences this week and cannot stress how much more effective these are as opposed to simply giving comments on essays.
I remember when Mrs. Roby, my high school English teacher, told our class on the first day of junior English that we would never understand literature until we had a firm grasp of allusions and proceeded to assign of the New Testament and Proverbs for reading; it was due the next Monday. How could she possibly expect us to read the New Testament in a week? But the following Monday we were testing on our reading – the entire New Testament and Proverbs. The next week we proceeded to read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, in a week, and were tested on that as well. And now, Mrs. Roby claimed, we were ready to read and understand literature. … KEEP READING
AP Literature students are challenged to read a fresh passage, determine the task, formulate an insightful argument, and write a thoughtful, coherent first-draft essay in 40 minutes. This is a daunting proposition for all students, but for those students who struggle with time pressures, AP timed-writing can be overwhelming. One way to help all students develop the requisite skills to be successful on the AP exam is the group timed-writing. My students recently wrote a group timed writing based on Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan, and as you can see, they were pretty excited about the process! … KEEP READING
I am not familiar with EdPuzzle but looks like a good option if you’re wanting to do a flipped lesson. I’d love to hear from anyone who has used this about its functionality.
The mid-year slump. That summarizes how teachers of year-long classes feel in the late January to early February time period. We’re settled back into a routine from our holiday break (even though my fellow southerners had a few extra snow days last week), the weather is bleak, and energy is lacking. The year is no longer new yet we’re not close enough to feel the excitement of graduation. We are in the mid-life crisis of AP Lit (there is no personal parallel here). Here are a few ideas to bring some energy to your classes until spring kicks in and the adrenaline for the finishing kick to the exam takes over. … KEEP READING
Literature Circle 2.0: Technology Infused Book Clubs in the Digital Age offers specific strategies for using technology to encourage collaboration in literature circles as opposed to having students working alone on a device.
I don’t know about you, but I usually end the first semester somewhat in a frenzy, jump into the holidays without (rightly) thinking about work, and begin the second semester with thoughts of regrouping and refocusing. Enter the #aplitchat two weeks ago which focused on basic essay components; this proved to be just what I needed to help me refocus and think about what it truly important in terms of writing the AP essay. The responses have been summarized by questions (here’s a list of all of the answers) and some application activities follow. As an added bonus, a list of favorite winter poems from our community is at the bottom of the post; I definitely see this list being a great resource for a class activity on a cold day. Now to essay writing – … KEEP READING
One of my goals for the year was to make this site better by posting five articles to the site every Wednesday related to ELA instruction. Imagine my dismay last Friday when I realized I had failed to post on just the second Wednesday of the month; needless to say, I am still trying to settle into the rhythm of the new year.
What’s Going on in This Graph? from The Learning Network at the New York Times is a new monthly feature to help students read graphs and info pictures. I see this as having potential to pair with both fiction and nonfiction pieces.