Category Archives: Reflective Assessment

PQP = Praise, Question, Polish.

One of the most essential parts of building a productive atmosphere for learning in any classroom is sharing what you learn. Another is giving and receiving useful feedback. The most important thing is to do this in a positive spirit. With … Continue reading

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Best Practices for Effective Blog

Does this image help you revise all the parts and nuances of a successful blog post? Importantly, did you need to revise your prose at all to incorporate well your media? This list will also help you will smaller details, … Continue reading

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Let’s Use Malcolm Gladwell’s Podcast to Introduce Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Malcolm Gladwell examines the story of this famous painting to begin his podcast. Below is an image of Calling the Roll After An Engagement, Crimea, better known as The Roll Call. I used the image from Wikipedia; it is an 1874 oil-on-canvas … Continue reading

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Create a Compelling Argument

In 4-6 sentences (of Standard English), make an argument for the best AP Prompt that illuminates the most profound literary qualities of Cather’s novel, My Antonia. If someone else has claimed the same prompt that you had in mind, then … Continue reading

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Sharing Our Best AP English Lit Multiple Choice Questions

In an attempt to understand how to navigate AP Multiple Choice questions, we spent a night composing some. Here are our three best to date. We would appreciate any positive feedback in our comments below. HB’s Multiple Choice question is … Continue reading

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Create a Argument for the Best AP Prompt

Just to let you know that the technology department in the Crowsnest likes to connect literature to movies, enjoy this trailer from the interesting teen movie, Easy A. Though by no means a rendition of Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, … Continue reading

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What’s Your Takeaway?

The goal of this blog post is to begin a conversation during the first night of study hall tonight among students in all four of my classes about individuals’ reaction to our community text, Mark Shriver’s  A Good Man. Please reflect … Continue reading

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This Might Be About Sex and Vampires – But This is No “Twilight”

Vampirism is not always about Dracula. Throughout the eras of American Literature, the most important motif to consider would be Foster’s “Acts of Vampires”, in which a character – likely (but not always) a woman – will have something taken … Continue reading

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Setting in American Literature

Setting has the ability to represent not only a character’s geographical location, but also their mental state on their journey. In “Young Goodman Brown”, the physical setting of the dangerous woods is used to represent Brown’s internal struggle coming to … Continue reading

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The Quest: It’s More Than Just a Trip

The Foster motif that “Every Trip is a Quest (except when it’s not)” has been the most prominent throughout all of the eras of American literature. These quests all contribute to the plot by adding more dimensions to the story … Continue reading

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