My AP Lit First Day Lesson

This lesson introduces annotation, active reading, and critical thinking skills in one class period. It is perfect for AP Lit and other upper level courses.

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”

How Analyzing Film Can Actually Strengthen Your AP Prose Lessons

I have been teaching AP Lit for almost 15 years, and the test prep has always been a difficult process. For years my students felt stressed about the open question, so I created the Independent Novel Project. Then, they felt overwhelmed and underprepared for the poetry question, so I created weekly poem lessons and two… Continue reading How Analyzing Film Can Actually Strengthen Your AP Prose Lessons

Tips For Making Shakespeare Fun

For 12 years now I've been teaching English Language Arts to high school students, and with most ELA course loads inevitably come a healthy dose of Shakespeare. Throughout my career, I've taught the following Shakespearean works: Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar Hamlet Macbeth King Lear Othello The Taming of the Shrew Henry VI, Part I… Continue reading Tips For Making Shakespeare Fun

Why I’m Obsessed with Guided Reading Notes

A few years ago, back in the first few years teaching at my current school, I was teaching on what was called an "overload" schedule. For those of you unfamiliar, it's the schedule they give you when all the money is gone. For three years I taught six out of seven periods, five preps a… Continue reading Why I’m Obsessed with Guided Reading Notes