Self-Guided Course Tours: Advanced Language & Literature

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BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.

Each course contains short videos that review the AP Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are all less than 3 minutes long, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program. At the end of the course, you'll receive a Program Guide to use as a reference of your materials, as well as a lesson planning guide to help you get started.

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Advanced Language & Literature Program Tour

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Overview of Advanced Language & Literature

AP teachers know the roots of AP success are established in the earlier grades. That is the idea behind Advanced Language & Literature—a complete solution for 10th grade honors and Pre-AP English classes. Driven by the expertise of Renee Shea, John Golden, and Lance Balla, this introduction to literature and nonfiction, reading and writing, analysis and argument, is both challenging and nurturing; a book full of big ideas, thought-provoking texts, and all of the support young minds need to be prepared for AP success.


Skills like close reading, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis need careful development and constant reinforcement into academic habits of mind. In Advanced Language & Literature, these concepts are introduced through straightforward, thoroughly scaffolded lessons in the opening chapters, and then deepened through Reading and Writing Workshops in each thematic chapter. The skill-building questions following each reading give students a chance to hone and demonstrate their skills, while formative and summative assessments in the teacher materials help you guide students from practice to mastery.

Renee Shea, John Golden, and Lance Balla believe that big ideas are the heart and soul of every good English class. The resulting textbook’s thematic organization allows students to think critically about enduring questions and tackle essential issues. Each thematic chapter is built around a provocative Central Text by a world-renowned author, which is followed by two clusters of texts—one on a literary theme and one on an argument topic. These text clusters include pieces at various reading levels for easy differentiation while keeping all students engaged in the same conversation, juggling multiple ideas, and reconciling diverse perspectives.