Registering for the AP Exam, USA TestPrep, and Preparing for the Next Micro-Debate

Register and order ALL your AP exams at this link:

Please register, log in, and use USATestPrep to review for the American Literature EOC by taking the medium sized test at this link.  I will help you through each step of this process.

Prepare for the next micro-debate by reading this excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

Use the handout given to you in class to gather evidence.  Remember that the box for “Into the Wild” will remain blank until we watch the movie tomorrow.

The debate points for the second box for evidence can be found here.

You can find an extra copy of the handout here. (mini-debate-format-and-worksheet-walden)



Week 15: November 28th- December 2nd

What am I learning this week?

-In terms of in-class instruction, this is a short week.  On Thursday and Friday this week you will be taking the American Literature EOC.

-As such, we will continue review activities to prepare for this important state assessment.  The source material for this will come from your Thanksgiving reading of pt. III of Destiny of the Republic.

-We will further explore the characteristics of American Realism through the nonfiction output of Jack London.

-Finally, you will take the summative assessment for this course.  Remember that the EOC will constitute 20% of your final grade.

How am I learning this?

-We will be using a variety of hands-on and digital resources for our last-minute EOC prep.  You will also be writing a reflection piece in which you gauge your readiness for the exam.  We will be in the computer lab at the beginning of the week to use USA TestPrep.

-We will also continue our article annotations, analysis, and discussion of the works of Jack London.

-We will be taking the American Literature EOC.  Remember that 1st block will report to room 214 and 3rd block will meet me in the computer lab in room 907.

How am I being assessed?

Destiny of the Republic review quiz (formative)

-Jack London article annotations and analysis (formative)

-American Literature EOC (summative)


Week 14: November 14th-18th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will continue our preparation for the American Literature EOC through a variety of review games, through the use of both hands-on and digital resources.  While the type of assessments you face this week are the same questions types we reviewed last week, the content for each will come from your reading of part II of Destiny of the Republic.

-You will continue your understanding of the late 19th century through an exploration of nonfiction texts taken from both parallel reading novels and textbook readings.

-You will begin an understanding of the final Free Response question from the AP Exam.  This is the synthesis essay, in which you draw evidence from a variety of sources to provide an original analysis of a thematically related issue.  Resources for this lesson will come from “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, an excerpt from Walden by Henry David Thoreau, a chosen clip from the movie Into the Wild,  and an excerpt from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

-You will begin looking at the main characteristics of Realism and how this literary era is the birth of “activist journalism.”  Our focus will be on the articles Jack London wrote for the San Francisco Examiner as we explore this fascinating era.

How will I learn this?

-Our EOC review will use USA TestPrep, Kahoot, and PollEverywhere sites for our digital resources.  Students will use NearPod to practice constructed and extended response questions.  Scantrons will be used for the selected response questions, simultaneously assessing competency in the central unit text, Destiny of the Republic.

-We will discuss the political realities of activism in the 19th century through a reading of “On Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau.  Real-world connections will be made through constructed response questions for this lesson.

-As we prepare for an extended response assessment, we’ll conduct jigsaw readings and mixed discussions of the Emerson, Thoreau, and Carson texts.  This will involve quarter class seminars with extensive and guided note-taking session.

-We will be doing an article analysis of three pieces written by Jack London.  Your question set for this activity will mirror the technology-enhanced type question you will see on the EOC

-At the end of the week you will be watching “Into the Wild” while I attend the NCTE conference in Atlanta.  A graphic will be provided to you for you to find evidence for the synthesis essay you will be writing and publishing to your blog when we return from Thanksgiving break.

How am I being assessed?

-Constructed, selected, and extended responses for EOC and Destiny of the Republic review (formative)

-“On Civil Disobedience” constructed response (formative)

-Jack London journalism activity (formative)

-Synthesis Essay packet activity (formative)

Week 13: November 7th-11th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will continue to prepare for the American Literature EOC on December 1-5.  I have a variety of online and in-class games we will be using as openers all throughout the week, so be sure to bring a charged phone to class each day.  If you are unable to do this, you can team up with one partner each day.

-We’ll be looking at the poetry, dramatic literature, and both fiction and nonfiction prose passages and question types you’ll be seeing on the EOC.

-We’ll also be practicing for the extended response sections of the EOC with questions from our embedded passages throughout the week.

-We’ll be talking about the writings and beliefs of Transcendentalists, in particular, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

-You’ll learn the principles and organization of argumentation.  Our focus will include how to make an interesting assertion, backing this assertion with anecdotal, historical, cultural, and textual evidence, and how to form an appropriate counterclaim and call to action.  We’ll be using Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance” as the anchor paper for this lesson.

-If we have remaining time I would like to look at a few clips from “Into the Wild.”  We’ll be discussing the philosophies and pragmatic ideas of Christopher MacCandless and this will lead to our first in-class debate at the end of the week.

How am I learning this?

-Each day our opener will include a poem, prose passage, or piece of dramatic literature from the American Literature Benchmark assessment.  We will use either Kahoot or Poll Everywhere to review these passages as a class.  Poll Everyhwere will also be used to discuss some of the key passages from Emerson’s “Self Reliance.”

-We will also follow up three times this week with examples of extended response questions.  This will constitute some of the in-class writing and discussions we will have this week.  I plan to use the document camera for this, as well as the rubric that will be used by the county in grading this portion of your EOC.

-I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the overview and organization of the argument essay.  We will be discussing how the ideas of the Nihilists act as a counterclaim to the American Transcendentalists.  You will practice formulating assertions, using evidence, expressing counterclaim, and calling your audience to action at the conclusion of your essay.  We will have one practice essay at the conclusion of the week.

-We’ll be discussing the utility of Transcendentalism and how the life and death of Christopher MacCandless illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of Transcendental belief.  In such a way we can evaluate the effectiveness of the Symposium Movement of the late 19th American century.

How am I being assessed?

-Daily online games and USA Test Prep (formative)

-Extended response practice (formative)

-Timed argument essay (formative)

-“Into the Wild” cloze notes (formative)

Week 12: October 31st-November 4th

NOTE:  I originally had this post scheduled for Sunday morning, as normal, but did not want to muddle the information of the last post.  This post was for student use in previewing this week’s material.  This post is the weekly blog post detailing the instructional framework for the week in progress.

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will be doing intensive review activities to prepare you for the American Literature EOC.  We will also continue multiple choice practice for the AP exam.

-We will be completing House for Sale pamphlet projects

-We will continue discussing American Romanticism, with a special focus on the sub-sets of the Dark Romantics and the Transcendentalists

-We will continue looking at the principles of argumentation by preparing for an in-class debate on global warming and GMO farming.

How am I learning this?

-You will be completing eight additional questions using the iRespond web app.  These questions come from the 2015 Milestones study guide prepared by the Georgia Department of Education.  Your grade should indicate to you your level of readiness for this exam.  Data taken from this assessment will help me to determine individual assignments and to determine an individual tutoring plan for you.

-We will also be doing some extended response writing activities for openers this week to better prepare you for what you will see for this portion of the EOC.  These responses will be a component of your next common assessment grade.

-Using prepared Prezis, we will be taking notes on and discussing the characteristics of the American Romantics.  This content will be scaffolded with assigned readings and quizzes on Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

-Teams will be assigned for the two mini-debates I would like to begin this Friday.  Each team will be assigned articles for the side they will be arguing in these debates.

How am I being assessed?

CTLS data collected from the Milestones II assessment, in conjunction with the extended responses will form the third common assessment grade

Destiny of the Republic and “The Fall of the House of Usher” reading quiz (formative)

-House for Sale PBL grade (summative)

-In-class micro-debates (formative)