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

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

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. AP® is a trademark registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this website. This… Continue reading Reflections and Insights From the 2018 AP Lit Reading

Just Caught You Reading

Every spring, I go into the classroom next door and greet the ninth graders with that most dreaded news: they must complete summer reading. Our school implemented a summer reading program a few years ago as a way to engage students in doing something academic over the summer, and to make our English program a little… Continue reading Just Caught You Reading