Real to Reel: Dystopian Societies

Real to Reel: Dystopian Societies

Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ have taken over much of the television industry by taking popular and enticing books or comics and creating a TV series counterpart. This allows writers and directors to focus on details deeper than a single two-hour movie and create more complex character arches. The talent of the...

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AP® Lang: A Lesson in Close Reading

AP® Lang: A Lesson in Close Reading

This resource is designed to provide a guided lesson on close reading, specifically imagery, figurative language, word choice, tone, and tonal shift and how these elements can enhance our understanding of a work.

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Real to Reel: Textual Evidence

Real to Reel: Textual Evidence

Code-switching is changing something about yourself to fit a certain situation or audience. The way you might talk to your friends versus talking to your parents by using two different tones of voice is an example of code-switching. People code-switch to make tone, wording, and appearance fit the situation. In the...

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8 Tips for New Teachers on How to Be Successful in an AP® Course

8 Tips for New Teachers on How to Be Successful in an AP® Course

Over years of experience teaching an AP® course (in my case, AP® World History), I’ve been able to compile a list of “must do” tips and suggestions for teachers who have never taught an AP® course before. They offer insight into not only surviving your first year teaching AP®, but also how to guide you and your...

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Organizing Your AP® United States History Course

Organizing Your AP® United States History Course

Do you need some ideas and/or extra support to organize your AP® United States History course? Join Lou Gallo as he shares ideas on how to organize your course and explains strategies that he has used successfully with his students. 

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Real to Reel: Point of View

Real to Reel: Point of View

In the majority of books, the narrator is human and alive, but in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the narrator is Death. Yes, Death with a capital D. As the story is told, the reader is immersed in a point of view that is unimaginable—the one who decides when everyone dies. Creepy, right?

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Planning your AP® Government & Politics Course

Planning your AP® Government & Politics Course

Even though it feels like the whirlwind of the school year just ended, it’s never too early to start thinking through what you want your course to look and feel like next school year. Whether you are a veteran AP® U.S. Government and Politics teacher, or are teaching it for the first time, there is much to think...

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Real to Reel: Our Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Real to Reel: Our Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptations

For book lovers, it’s nothing new to read a good book and seek out the movie rendition, but for students, many seek out movies or TV shows and then might pick up a book to continue the adventure. Fluent readers can essentially picture a movie playing in their heads as they read a book, but for less proficient...

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Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Not in Kansas Anymore

Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Not in Kansas Anymore

For his first two years of college, I drove my youngest son back and forth from San Antonio, Texas, to the University of Kansas. I drove him up for the start of each semester, picked him up and drove him back at Christmas break, and carted him home at the end of the school year.

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AP® Psych Summer Book Reviews: Round 2

AP® Psych Summer Book Reviews: Round 2

For part two of our AP® Psych summer book reviews, we check out two books that are great additions to any AP®  Psychology classroom.

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