• “Shifting the Gaze” with Differentiation:  Titus Kaphar, Langston Hughes, and the Statue of Liberty

    By Renée H. Shea   Titus Kaphar is a young and rising artistic star.  Named a MacArthur Genius in 2018, he’s making his presence known with his provocative paintings that “revise” ...
  • “Words Matter”: Spike Lee, Coach, and the Motorcycle Jacket

    by Renee H. Shea   Take 90 seconds—really, it’s just a minute and  a half—and treat yourself to “Words Matter,” a video made by outspoken activist and brilliant filmmaker Spike...
  • “Isolated… Crazy Driven… Digitally Obsessed”: Who Are the Gen Zers?

    By Renée Shea   The Education chapter is many teachers’ choice to start off the AP® Lang course, usually after introducing rhetoric in an opening chapter or two. The central text by Fareed Zaka...
  • “Listen Like You’re Wrong”: Tips for Effective Feedback

    by Renee Shea   Organizational psychologist Adam Grant advises to “argue like you’re right, but listen like you’re wrong.” And he’s not advising our budding rhetoricians in AP®...
  • March Madness! Synthesizing Sources at the Roundtable

    Sometimes it seems that the only bright spot in March is March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that runs for about three weeks, but begins with compelling pre-tournament tournaments. Equal parts bo...
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  • NCTE 2017 Recap

      It’s been about a month since we saw you at the annual National Council of Teachers of English conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and we’re already counting the days until NCTE 2018!   In the...
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  • Can you discuss politics in the classroom?

    Throughout the fall, we've encouraged you to use the rhetoric from the 2016 presidential election in your classroom. In our author event (watch it here: Balance, not Bias: Maintaining Civil Discourse in this Year's El...
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  • Analyzing the Syntax of Presidential Candidates

    Today we're going to take a look at the syntax of our presidential candidates. Kenton Murray, a PhD student at Notre Dame University, analyzed all the presidential candidates speech patterns during the primary debates...
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  • Teaching Obama’s Hiroshima Speech with Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine

    Curriculum Connection:  Japanese Internment, Reparations, and Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine. By David Hillis, Portland Public Schools   Rationale: In 2016, President Obama became the first s...
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  • Election 2016: Looking Back at Debate History

    This week was the first presidential debate; it was schedule 46 years and 1 day after the first televised debate -- the now-famous one between Nixon and Kennedy.   You can download a Debate Scorecard to use with...
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  • Banned Books Week 2016: The History of Banned Books

    In honor of Banned Books Week 2016, we continue our examination of banning books. Yesterday, we looked at the Banned Books Week 2016: The Most Frequently Challenged Books. Today, we take a look at the history of Banne...
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  • Banned Books Week 2016: The Most Frequently Challenged Books

    September 25 through October is the annual ALA Banned Books Week. To celebrate, we'll be doing a post every day this week on banned books. Below is a list from the American Library Association of the top Banned & ...
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  • Election 2016: Candidates' Online Persona

    This article is a great jumping off point when talking about persona. A social media profile is the very personification of the concept of "persona." Tell your students to examine recent tweets from presidential candi...
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  • Read Author Renee Shea's Interview with Amit Majmudar, Ohio's First Poet Laureate

    Bedford, Freeman, & Worth author Renee Shea recently interviewed Ohio's first poet laureate, Amit Majmudar for World Literature Today. You can read Renee's interview here: http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/blog/...
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  • Jamaica Kincaid's Antigua

    CLASSROOM COMPASS LESSON PLAN Curriculum Connection: CHAPTER 10 UTOPIA / DYSTOPIA - Central Text A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid By David Hillis, Portland Public Schools     Essential Questions: ● Wha...
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  • Model the Essay Process

    This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   Clay Burell again, this time using screencasting to demonstrate how one might approach an AP® poetry prompt.   ...
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  • Getting Comfortable Teaching Nonfiction

    This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   Many of us got into teaching English because we love literature.   I'm sure if you polled  high school English ...
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  • American Rhetoric

    This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   If you haven't yet discovered AmericanRhetoric.com for use in your AP® Language class, you have been missing out. &...
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  • Be the Synthesis Question 2

    This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   Earlier I outlined how I asked students to analyze the elements of the synthesis question: the information provided in th...
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  • Be the Synthesis Question 1

    This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   When it comes to the Argument and Synthesis questions, I tell my students that the best way to learn to answer them is to...
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