Lit Guides are designed as self-contained units for a particular text. For a more complete resource of strategies, consider ordering the Advanced English Lit Guide and the Unit 1: Building Advanced English Skills. (These materials are designed to augment not replace The College Board’s AP® Vertical Teams Guide for English and other AP® and Pre-AP® materials, which are the definitive resource for English skills and pedagogy; available at store.collegeboard.com)
Lit Guides include a selection of the following:
1. Unit Guide Ideas:
- A unit plan with suggested student assignments and teaching strategies
- Suggested support literature--poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, art, and criticism
2. Annotated Plot/Style Quizzes: These quizzes provide the springboard for discussion. Answer keys often cite chapter/page or act/sc./line
- Novels: one quiz per 60-80 page weekly assignment
- Plays: one quiz per act
- Questions focus on three levels: content, style, and universal implications
3. Selected Close-Reading Passages for Analysis:
- Significant passages with specific instructions for content and style analysis
- Usually two passages per week: one in-class and one as homework
4. Unit Final Group Essay Test: Passage analysis or short answer essay
- Small groups (5 or 6) select and assign questions: 15 minutes to assign and discuss questions, 30 minutes for individual response, 10-15 minutes for group editing
5. EXAM-Style Essay Tests: open question and passage essays
- Some units include sample student responses
- Selected prompts adapted from English Literature or Language Exams
- Nine point scoring rubrics
6. Assignments specific to the literature selection
7. NetSearch: annotated list of the best sources for further research
8. Samples of Student Work
9. Guided Instructions for Unit Teaching Strategies:
- Strategies: all guides include descriptions of Unit Building Ideas, Homework Assignments, Close-Reading Analysis, Essay Outline, Revision Project, NovelQ’s, Multiple Choice Question Stems, Group Literary Analysis, Exhibitions, Passage Analysis Tips, Internet Grammar and Lit Sites, Quiz Options
- Play Strategies: all play guides additionally include descriptions of Group Act Presentations, Actor’s Script Analysis Format and example, Character Analysis Form
- Shakespeare: all Shakespeare play guides additionally include Historical Globe Theatre/Shakespearean play introduction with quizzes, Monologue instructions, Shakespeare titles extra-credit assignment
- AP Homework
- Quiz Options
- Beowulf - Essay
- Caged Bird - Close Reading
- Catcher Rye Group Quotes - Test
- Coney - Close Reading
- E LEAR - AP Style Essay
- Hamlet Act III - Quiz
- Lord of Flies - Journals & Simulation
- MSND ACT I Quiz
- Their Eyes - Close Reading
- Literature Guide
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- Advanced English Lit Teaching Guide
(125 pages): This guide is the “mother-board” for the APrep English series. It lays the groundwork for the individual topic guides. It provides the rudiments of what advanced English students should know and be able to do in middle and high school, highlighted by the grade 6-12 scope and sequence. We begin with a look at departmental teaming and course design, and proceed through specific skills in test prep, essay writing, prose, drama, and poetic analysis.
The Advanced English Lit Guide is simply my approach, tested and true, to creating a quality learning experience for students. Take what works, discard what doesn’t, and build your own.
- Unit 1: Building Advanced English Lit Skills
(83 pages): This three week unit is designed to assess skills and build community. The skills assessed are poetry analysis, oral presentation, literary terms and analysis, prose skills--both fiction and non-fiction, extended analysis of a short story, and the option of an informative/persuasive essay.
Community is built through many group activities eventually leading to the formation of mixed ability groups that will be utilized throughout the first semester.
- Building English Vertical Teams
(60 pages): This guide lays out the ABCs of EVTs. English Vertical Teams are the very best way to prepare students for college level work. I was fortunate to teach at a 6-12 school where I coordinated our AP program. Over 4 years we increased our AP English enrollment from 61 to 148, our exams taken from 33 to 119, our numbers passed with 3 or higher from 15 to 73, and our pass rate from 44% in E Lang to 52%, and 47% to 75% in E Lit.
This guide takes you step by step through assessing a school’s readiness, establishing an EVT, assessing progress, developing a scope and sequence, unit and lesson building skills, exam analysis and construction skills, and a lesson in poetry analysis adapted for all levels. Additionally, I share vertical team samples and curriculum samples including our EVT 6-12 Scope and Sequence.
- English Alive!
(70 pages): I taught drama and English for most of my teaching career. This guide reveals how I incorporated many of my theatre and creativity skills into the English classroom and how as a curriculum specialist, I taught others how to build more creativity into their lessons.
The guide includes a thorough explanation of the value of creativity in the classroom (good fodder for those less creative site administrators), a cornucopia of skills, examples of those skills, and student assessments for those skills.
- Poetry Guide
(100+ pages): This guide is primarily composed of two teaching units: Shakespeare in Love Sonnets, a group and individual analysis of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and Own-A-Poem, a group and individual intensive analysis of short poems. Included are many student samples, my “poetry wheel” assignments, and several poetry assessments.
- Theatre Curriculum Guide
(110+ pages): This guide is a complete first year curriculum guide for teaching drama in the high school. It consists of 12 units including Introduction to Drama, Mime and Movement, Beginning Scenework, Voice and Character, Improv and Sketch Writing, Scene Study and Auditioning, The Modern Dramatic Scene, The Modern Comedy Scene, The Period Scene and Theatre History, Acting for Film and TV, and The FInal Project. Each unit contains a teachers guide and a student guide with examples.
In addition, The Act Pack contains sample handouts, monologues, scenes, and other teaching tips.
- Literature Unit Guide: Awakening
- Literature Unit Guide: Bell Jar
- Literature Unit Guide: Beowulf
- Literature Unit Guide: Betrayal
- Literature Unit Guide: Candide
- Literature Unit Guide: Catcher in the Rye
- Literature Unit Guide: Catcher in the Rye
- Literature Unit Guide: Cisneros Poetry and Fiction
- Literature Unit Guide: Crucible
- Literature Unit Guide: Death of a Salesman
- Literature Unit Guide: Doll’s House
- Literature Unit Guide: Glass Menagerie
- Literature Unit Guide: Hamlet
- Literature Unit Guide: Heart of Darkness
- Literature Unit Guide: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Literature Unit Guide: Julius Caesar
- Literature Unit Guide: King Lear
- Literature Unit Guide: Lord of the Flies
- Literature Unit Guide: Macbeth
- Literature Unit Guide: Medea
- Literature Unit Guide: Metamorphosis
- Literature Unit Guide: Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Literature Unit Guide: Othello
- Literature Unit Guide: Pygmalion
- Literature Unit Guide: Separate Peace
- Literature Unit Guide: Shipping News
- Literature Unit Guide: Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Literature Unit Guide: Things Fall Apart
- Literature Unit Guide: Thousand Acres