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To prepare for the AP English exams, individuals are asked to create a notebook of literary terms and devices. The terms must be defined, accompanied by representative artwork, and illustrated by an example drawn for a named source. A project designed to make these many terms memorable.
Words carry baggage (denotation and connotation) that influence a reader's perception and response to a text. Analyzing how a poet's diction and syntax contribute to the meaning of a poem is the focus of a short video that examines Edna St. Vincent Millay's word choice in her poem "Sonnet VII." The video is part of a six-part series that uses Millay's sonnet as an anchor text. A great way to introduce close reading strategies.
Take a walk through time, 1852 to 1994, following the mathematical history and development of the Four-Color Theorem. Learners take on the role of cartographers to study an imaginary world of countries that need to be mapped. One rule: no adjacent country can be the same color. One question: What is the minimum number of colors the map maker should keep in stock?
Nearly everything that is purchased these days comes in some sort of packaging; which type of packaging is the most environmentally friendly and why? Through a discussion and a card-sort activity, your young consumers will think more critically about reducing, reusing, and recycling. The discussion and materials are explained so clearly that you could put the lesson in your emergency sub pla folder to ensure your kids are doing something more meaningful than watching a video when you are missing school.
Introduce youngsters to the art of Fernand Leger. Provide images, examples, and biographical information on one of contemporary art's famous forebearers. They'll learn about his technique, style, and see multiple examples of his work.
Scribes once had to copy books by hand, and it was this process that birthed the word miniature. Watch as minium, or red lead used for pigment in ink, becomes miniature. The resource, part of a series of videos on vernacular, includes questions, additional information, and an online discussion question.
What is a periodic function? This video defines what it means for a function to be periodic. It defines the terms cycle and period in relation to periodic functions and then by looking at two different examples, shows how to analyze a function to determine if it is periodic.
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The lesson ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.
Kids fight obesity by comparing the USDA food intake suggestions to what they personally consume throughout the day. They watch a video, read texts, and explore related vocabulary which they use as they compose an oral presentation. Hand outs and video links are included.
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques. Next they view four Super PAC ads and complete an analysis of what they see. In a well-formed paragraph, researchers synthesize conclusions based on one of the ads. A rubric is included, and all worksheets are separated into middle school and high school levels. The informational text and resource links here are invaluable.
How has the Internet of Things affected our lives? Scholars examine the massive influence of mobile devices in this analysis lesson, which begins with a seven-minute documentary clip. They also read a New York Times article (linked) which acts as the basis for a pro/con list analyzing Google's privacy policies. After creating a paired perspectives poem, learners read excerpts from Fahrenheit 451 and The Veldt, connecting to current technology expansion. Finally, pupils synthesize what they have learned in an essay evaluating a quote (provided). A rubric is included and informational text are included.
Difficult redistricting concepts are covered in a context that will make it understandable to your government scholars. They begin with a KWL on the term redistricting and then watch a video to answer some questions. They analyze political cartoons using a graphic organizer (included), focusing on satire. Scholars find their own state districting boundaries and reflect on the implications. Finally, they use another handout to create their own political cartoon based on opinions they have formed about gerrymandering. Learners can also write a letter to their state legislature expressing these views. A rubric is included.
Because they have been immersed in the digital world since birth, most young people don't spend a lot of time reflecting on the immediate or future impact of the Internet. It's a high-interest topic which makes this resource all the more appealing. In it, social science classes read about and watch a video on The Internet of Things (IoT). If you are unfamiliar with this term, you're not alone. Definitions are loose, but the general idea is that the IoT includes physical objects that can digitally transfer data. It already exists, but there is a movement to expand this source of information. An example of one such device is a "smart" prescription bottle cap that keeps track of medication doses. After the class discusses the concept, controversies, and conducts additional research, they have a debate. Lastly, individuals write an evaluative essay on the potential impact of the IoT on a specific population of people. While the resource indicates that this is a 3-day lesson, I would plan for a buffer of a day or two. It includes standards, key vocabulary, a rubric, and clear instructions.
“Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin/In envy that my Lord Northumberland/Should be the father to so blest a son--.” Henry IV, Part I, provides the text for a series of exercises that ask class members to examine the relationship between parents and their children in Shakespeare’s play and in their own lives. To conclude their study, individuals write an additional scene in which King Henry details his expectations for his son and Prince Hal explains how he feels about these expectations. The packet includes step-by-step instructions for the activities, worksheets, and links to video segments.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
Investigate vectors and learn how to use them. Explore why size and direction, as well as knowing speed and distance, are important components of the vector problems you are trying to solve. This is an extensive lesson which includes six different activities, each with examples and problems to solve.
Read and analyze a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary puns using Visual Thesaurus computer software. Middle and high schoolers analyze a pun as a class; in small groups they analyze a Shakespearean pun using contextual clues and the Visual Thesaurus. Each group then writes an original pun.
This unit covers the basic trigonometry including understanding radians, how to convert between radians and degrees, the area of a circle subtended by an angle, basic properties and graphs of sine, cosine, tangent, and solving trigonometric equations. Activities, problem sets, and answers are given. 
If you teach AP English language and composition and are looking for a way to address the differences between written and spoken arguments, consider this lesson. Over the course of three days, class members research Charles Darwin or John Paul II, write a speech in the voice of their subject, determine the two best writing samples through consensus, and analyze these for diction, syntax, bias, and figurative language. Lastly, they write either a timed or take home comparison essay.

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