Your Questions Answered: FAQs About Teaching AP Lit

It's the end of July and teachers are preparing to move back into their classrooms. A good portion of these teachers are first timers, which could mean several things. Some are bright-eyed twenty-two-year-old grads, eager to step into their first job. Some are new to the teaching field after making a career shift. And others… Continue reading Your Questions Answered: FAQs About Teaching AP Lit

4 Ways Teachers Misuse “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”

You've probably heard of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor and may already use it in your classroom. Foster's text, while not originally written for classroom use, has become a staple for many AP Lit teachers. Foster puzzles over this phenomenon in the preface of the book's second edition, saying he… Continue reading 4 Ways Teachers Misuse “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”

College Board & Common Core: A Look at the Future of AP Lit

Yesterday I read a tweet that made me gasp so loud my husband came running. When I read the aforementioned tweet, he was markedly less excited, but even he (a non-teacher) understood its implications. Trevor Packer, College Board’s senior vice president for Advanced Placement Program and Instruction, began a series of tweets informing educators on the… Continue reading College Board & Common Core: A Look at the Future of AP Lit

Reflections and Insights From the 2018 AP Lit Reading

Last week I spent seven days in Kansas City grading 1325 essays in a giant room that was too cold and filled with over a thousand tired educators. And it was an amazingly wonderful experience. This is my fifth time scoring AP Lit essays, but I've had to miss a few years in the past… Continue reading Reflections and Insights From the 2018 AP Lit Reading