English Language and Composition
AP Annual Conference Submission
Many students are “middle school readers:” avid readers in middle school but lose their love of reading as they enter high school and begin to cope with its demands. We will discuss ways to integrate choice reading into the AP classroom without leaving rigor or essential learning skills behind - using choice reading and essential questions to make synthesis, argument and rhetorical analysis instruction immediate and effective. In this session, we’ll use an essential question about government - “what does a just government look like” - to model the relationship between choice reading and deep analysis and argumentation. We will demonstrate sequenced instruction plans that will guide participants through class activities that promote deep thinking such as web generation, think alouds, write into the days, writer's notebook organization and small group work. Participants will receive manipulatives, document excerpts, and writing tools as aids for constructing a similar unit of their own.