Teaching Beloved


As excited as I was to teach Toni Morrison’s Beloved for the first time, I was also terrified. With the conservative culture of my school, its reception was, as I expected it to be—hesitant, at best. Concerns ranged from violence to sex, and the pushback allowed me to reflect on all the benefits of teaching Beloved. Now, years later, the novel remains as a mainstay in my AP literature curriculum. KEEP READING

Defending Controversial Texts

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Fortunately, as AP Literature teachers, most of us have the opportunity to choose which novels we teach our students, which can be both a blessing and a curse. What happens when a student or parent challenges a book? I’ve had to defend my novel choices several times and have found that the most effective argument is based on multiple premises. … KEEP READING