Back for a short week! Yay teachers' convention!!
I won’t lie. I have a little bit of anxiety about the fact that this week is the first time we’re even digging into test materials. In theory, it’ll be smooth sailing because of all the critical reading prep, but I’m pretty sure the usual rhetorical analysis panic will soon be upon us.
(There's a horror film in there somewhere).
Here’s how I approach the RA essay...
And that’s the pattern I follow for all three with a few extra lessons thrown in for synthesis and argument.
So this week, it’s modeling - task and passage analysis, writing claims and assertions, and evidence integration. (Oh my!)
Here are some images to support your modeling. I have my annotation of the Adams passage as well as my outline.
As we begin our exam prep, I always find myself thinking about teaching authentically, or Teaching Sincerely. AP teachers are always conflicted by the “teaching to the test” feeling - and I am no exception.
Here’s how I stay true, or sincere, to my own goals as an AP teacher…
Teaching Sincerely is about finding the best way to adapt to your teaching situation because that will never stay the same from year to year (or let’s be honest, PD day to PD day). So for me, AP is not about teaching to the test, but using what’s best in the test to teach what I sincerely care about. Make sense?