English Literature and Composition
AP Annual Conference Submission
AP Literature students often need strategies for navigating challenging texts and pulling meaning from them. One of the more effective ways for students to do that is through thoughtful and purposeful annotation. In this session, teachers will learn and practice annotating skills that focus on craft and authorial intent rather than simply on plot summary or reader-response, which is where many kids default. Through instruction using Purpose Words, analysis of sample student annotations (both strong and weak), and practice annotating a variety of texts, participants will be able to return to their school sites and begin to immediately apply these strategies with their students as they analyze poems, short stories, plays, and novels. Teachers will also see how these annotations can serve as mental fodder for essays, class discussions, and dialectical journals.