Dear Adjusting AP Teacher,
Veteran and newbie AP teachers alike faced a difficult task this year: rewriting a curriculum to suit a new course description and frankly, a new test. As an AP teacher somewhere in the middle, I tried to embrace what was useful and build on what I already had (and honestly, cringed that I spent ALL last year compiling every single AP lesson).
One big mind shift was in regards to standards. As mentioned previously, I use Standards Based Grading, and in the past, I parcelled the FRQs out as Standard 5B: Analytic Writing (Rhetorical Analysis) and Standard 5C: Persuasive Writing (Synthesis and Argument). Now, however, with the new rubrics, the standards are pretty straightforward: thesis development, evidence and commentary, and sophistication and voice.
The greatest achievement in these changes, for me, is that my job is better spelled out. AP wants a defensible thesis; I can teach what that looks like and we can define "defensible." AP wants sophistication; I can break down the ways to do that as outlined in the new rubric.
Everyone else might be complaining, but I am actually a little relieved.
Because I am using a self-paced, individualized method, my students take notes on my instructional videos to start each unit. Below are my uploaded videos on thesis development and evidence/commentary.
Below is my base notes video overview. Then I model composing a thesis for all three question types.
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So there it is. I figured I could just sit on these until people find them or share them out. They aren't perfect - and I might even re-record some of them next year - but it's a start!
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