AP English Language Prompts – Sortable by Type

AP English Language Prompts – Sortable by Type

We’ve compiled a sortable list of all the AP Lang prompts! On the AP English Language exam, there are three FRQs that are collectively worth 55% of your exam score. There are three types of AP Lang essays: Synthesis: Use evidence from documents to take a position on...
Why Bother with Teaching the Classics?

Why Bother with Teaching the Classics?

In my previous two blogs, it sounds like I have listed a truckload of seemingly insurmountable hurdles to jump before a teacher can teach a classic text in the modern classroom. Maybe so – seems like a truckload for sure.  Yet, if the truckload hasn’t deterred me,...
5 Ways to get a 5 on the AP English Language Exam

5 Ways to get a 5 on the AP English Language Exam

After taking the AP English Language course and exam this year, I can assure you that it is very easy to score a 5 on the exam by following these five tips. 1. Understand the format of the exam and study. Before beginning preparation, you will need to understand the...
Making it Work: The Classic Text in the Modern Classroom

Making it Work: The Classic Text in the Modern Classroom

Now that I have stepped out on the ledge that is the endorsement of an ancient text like The Scarlet Letter, it might be time to look at why I would take that step. My personal affinity lies with Hawthorne and always has; in fact, one might say I have an unhealthy...
Puritans, Again? In Defense of The Scarlet Letter

Puritans, Again? In Defense of The Scarlet Letter

If you will, please allow me a moment to stick my foot into a raging river of debate among high school English teachers, and I pray that my foot won’t end up in my mouth later. A swirling, muddy eddy has formed from conversations about the use of independent texts...
Finding My People

Finding My People

I stepped off the plane yesterday fatigued and energized at the same time. I had just spent about eight days in what we sometimes refer to as “English Teacher Summer Camp” at the AP reading in Tampa, Florida, where we scored essays from the AP English Language and...