Using Personal Progress Checks in AP Classroom

This blog post walks you through using AP Classroom to help improve your students' scores through Personal Progress Checks.

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”

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

Drama Circles: One Awesome Solution to the Post-Exam Slump

One of the most common questions I see before the AP®* Lit exam is not about test prep, but about what teachers should do with their students on the exam days are over. It is more than a valid question. For months, a good AP® teacher cultivates an environment of exploration and rigorous learning. To… Continue reading Drama Circles: One Awesome Solution to the Post-Exam Slump