Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 19, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Literature?

Focus: Meeting the A.P. Literature multiple choice question...and making friends with it

Please turn in your independent reading proposals!

1. Warm-up: Sharing the multiple choice tricks-of-the trade you've learned from other classes...what strategies worked for you in A.P. Language or in other A.P. classes (if you've taken any)?

Offering you a few multiple choice tricks of my own:

  • Never, ever, look at the answer choices before you read the passage.  You may read the questions (I personally don't, but it works for some), but never read the answer choices.  The wrong answer choices may make you see things in the text that aren't really there.
  • Read and quickly mark up the entire passage before attempting any answers.
  • Find the key word in each question. Many wrong answers are the result of misread questions. 
  • If the test makers throw you a bone by giving you a date, an author, or any italicized information about the poem or passage, read it carefully; it's there to help you.

2. Practicing a multiple choice section (poetry) on your own

3. Grabbing a partner and talking through each question until you come to a consensus on each answer.

4. Discussing the questions and answers as a class

1. Finish Wuthering Heights and prepare your final reading ticket for our last discussion tomorrow.

2. Acquire your independent reading book ASAP and start reading it!

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