Monday, April 28, 2014

Are Your Students Ready for the 2014 AP Exams?

Are your students ready for the AP exams? It's just a few days until they begin in May. Click here for the complete schedule of exams.

The English Literature and Composition Exam is Thursday, May 8th, and 
the English Language and Composition Exam is May 9th.

I have a few products that could be helpful to prepare for the English exams. Take a look at the products below and see if any of them would be useful.

Pretty Darn Fast Poetry Analysis Technique

A unique way to analyze poetry and prepare for the AP Literature Exam or advanced English courses in both high school and college. I devised this method to help students who have trouble remembering all the elements of poetry. I hope it helps your students as much as it helped mine. 

Archetypes in Literature Critical Essay

This is the critical essay on literary archetypes that I assigned as a final exam for students in my Advanced Placement classes. It can be used in any literature class as a review exam of archetypes in literature. It includes a prewriting assignment and the rubric I used to grade the students' papers.

Keeping a Reading Reaction Journal

This handout shows students how to keep a journal that will help them remember and analyze what they have read. Teachers can use the journal to evaluate whether or not students are doing a close reading of assigned literary works. 

This is a valuable tool for you and your students, and it is especially useful as a study tool for AP students while reading advanced literary selections. 

Advanced Analysis Unit from Simple Steps to Sentence Sense

In my book, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, I present eight simple steps, which if followed in order, make it easy to analyze an English sentence. The Advanced Sentence Analysis unit in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series assumes that students understand Steps 1-8 and condenses the eight steps into four. This method of sentence analysis is quicker and is especially helpful for college bound students and students in Advanced Placement classes. 

A Tip Sheet for Writing a Critical Essay in 40 Minutes

Help your students prepare for the critical essays they will write on the English AP Exams.

 Good luck to everyone who is taking the exams. 

All the best,