An Acorn Becomes a Sapling

A First Year AP Reader'sExperience

This coming school year will mark my 10th year of teaching AP Lit., and for quite a few years now, each time I would attend a conference or talk to another like-minded AP colleague, I would hear the same thing over and over: you HAVE to go to the AP Reading.  I quickly decided these people were crazy.  Wait, you want me to volunteer to give up my first week of summer vacation to go and grade essays for 7 days?  So many things sounded more appealing.  You know, things like gouging my eyes out with forks or walking barefoot over broken glass. KEEP READING

Choice Reading and AP Lit: It Can Be Done

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I am a big fan of choice reading in my classroom.  With my 9th graders, our classroom culture largely focuses around our choice novels, and my students display their love of reading.   And then I get them as seniors, and we hit AP Lit.  Many teachers (and students) feel that choice reading and AP Lit cannot work together.  But, I’ve been able to prove that they can.  Here are the top 8 ways to make choice reading successful in an AP class:KEEP READING