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

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

First Day Activities: Get-to-Know-You Activity & Room Scavenger Hunt

Happy back to school season! I am currently feeling that special kind of tired which is end-of-the-first-week-back-at-school-tired. I'm trying out a few different activities this year, including my first breakout escape room game which I purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers. The typical boring first day routine for me goes: icebreaker, syllabus, procedures, homework/regular teaching. I… Continue reading First Day Activities: Get-to-Know-You Activity & Room Scavenger Hunt