AP English Literature and Composition

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AP English Literature
  and Composition
    Teacher's Guide

          Ellen Greenblatt
          The Bay School
      San Francisco, California




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     AP English Literature
and Composition Teacher's Guide

             Ellen Greenblatt
             The Bay School
         San Francisco, California
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                                                    Contents
Welcome Letter from the College Board............................................................. v
Equity and Access.....................................................................................................vii
Participating in the AP Course Audit. ..............................................................xi
Preface. .........................................................................................................................xii
Chapter 1. About AP English Literature and Composition...................................... 1
          Overview: Past, Present, Future.............................................................................................. 1
          Course Description Essentials................................................................................................. 2
          Key Concepts and Skills.
                                 ........................................................................................................... 4

Chapter 2. Advice for AP English Literature and Composition Teachers.
                                                                    .............. 7
          Frequently Asked Questions and Answers............................................................................ 7
          AP Teachers and Their Colleagues......................................................................................... 9
          Parents and AP English Literature and Composition........................................................... 9
          Getting Started: There's No Need to Reinvent the Wheel.                            ................................................. 10
          Teaching Strategies and Suggestions.................................................................................. 11
          Adding New Texts to AP English Literature and Composition......................................... 14
          Student Evaluation.................................................................................................................. 15
          Additional Resources.............................................................................................................. 15
          Strategies for AP Teachers of English................................................................................... 16
          Making Do Isn't Good Enough.............................................................................................. 19
          Making the Summer Count--All Year Long........................................................................ 21

Chapter 3. Course Organization................................................................................ 31
          Syllabus Development.    ............................................................................................................ 31
          Sample Syllabus 1.................................................................................................................... 34
          Sample Syllabus 2.................................................................................................................... 46
          Sample Syllabus 3.................................................................................................................... 62
          Sample Syllabus 4 . ................................................................................................................. 73


Chapter 4. The AP Exam in English Literature and Composition........................ 86
          Exam Format............................................................................................................................ 86
          Preparing Students.   ................................................................................................................. 87



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             Administering the Exam........................................................................................................ 88
             Scoring the Exams.................................................................................................................. 88
             Using the AP Instructional Planning Report........................................................................ 88
             What to Do After the Exam.................................................................................................... 88

     Chapter 5. Resources for Teachers............................................................................90
             How to Address Limited Resources...................................................................................... 90
             Resources................................................................................................................................. 91
             Professional Development...................................................................................................... 96




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