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

The Hidden Power of the AP Open Question

One of the most common questions asked among new and veteran AP®* Lit teachers alike is, "What titles should I teach?" It is not an easy question to answer, as the list of titles listed on the AP® Lit exam numbers over 400 now. Plus there are other considerations, such as length, authorship, genre, diversity,… Continue reading The Hidden Power of the AP Open Question

Everything You Need to Know About the New AP Lit Guidelines

As you may have heard, the AP®* English Literature course is getting a bit of a redesign this summer, becoming effective in Fall of 2019. For the full report released by the College Board, click here. For the remix version, keep reading! *AP® is a trademark registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the New AP Lit Guidelines

Q3 Study Guides: A Meaningful AP Test Prep Assignment

When April rolls around my AP®* Lit students begin preparing for the exam, a process which looks different for each teacher. Many students get the most anxiety when it comes to the free response question, an open-ended prompt asking students to analyze any novel or play. I’ve found success in having each student prepare a… Continue reading Q3 Study Guides: A Meaningful AP Test Prep Assignment

A Book Tasting: A Valuable Lesson for Your AP Lit Readers

In my AP®* Lit class we do independent reading each semester. The students get to choose a book off an extensive list of titles, which can sometimes be overwhelming. Despite my emphasis on student choice, many of my students in the past have chosen haphazardly or without thinking, leading to disappointment or abandoned reading later… Continue reading A Book Tasting: A Valuable Lesson for Your AP Lit Readers