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AP teachers know the roots of AP success are established in the earlier grades. That is the idea behind Foundations of Language & Literature, a complete program for 9th Grade Pre-AP that establishes foundational skills, while challenging bright young minds.
The book is driven by the expertise of Renée Shea, John Golden, and Tracy Scholz who know that skills like reading, writing, and working with sources need careful development and constant reinforcement. This genre and mode-based book approaches the course in new ways, investigating nonfiction as well as literature, delving into fascinating argument-driven thematic units, and asking students to write in the genres, to empower them to read like a writer.
Innovative, challenging, and nurturing, Foundations of Language & Literature has all the support young minds need to be prepared for AP success.
With the publication of Foundations of Language and Literature, BFW now offers a unified program of Pre-AP and AP English textbooks from grades 9 through 12, that guides students from introduction to mastery with a consistent tone and treatment of key AP topics.
Opening Chapters—An Active Approach to Foundational Skills
In the first four chapters of Foundations of Language & Literature, students are taught skills essential for communication in the classroom and the world: discussing ideas civilly, listening actively, writing clearly and with an authentic voice, reading actively and critically, and using and acknowledging sources. These skills are practiced frequently, in low-risk formative activities threaded throughout the chapters.
Chapter 1: Starting the Conversation focuses on civil discourse in the classroom; developing an academic voice; listening actively; asking questions to clarify, build upon, or challenge an idea; and reaching consensus. This chapter also covers techniques for classroom presentations and public speaking.
Chapter 2: Writing asks students to consider how their voices might change to suit a particular subject, purpose, audience, and occasion. Those changes in voice are created through playing with word choice, altering sentence structure and punctuation, and recognizing the effects. Finally, students work on creating a clear and unified paragraph.
Chapter 3: Reading asks students to explore three different types of reading: Reading for Understanding, Reading for Interpretation, and Reading for Style. Students get in-context practice in skills essential to each type of reading, such as annotation, summary, finding the main idea, and analyzing themes. This chapter also walks students through techniques for overcoming reading challenges, such as difficult words, lack of context, complex sentence structures, and unfamiliar word order.
Chapter 4: Using Sources is an introduction to finding and using evidence. The chapter focuses heavily on reading critically in order to assess credibility and bias, especially of online sources. The chapter then walks students through the key moves of evidence based writing: navigating a range of ideas, integrating quotations, acknowledging sources, and avoiding plagiarism.
Readings Chapters—Building Confidence/Exploring Ideas
Foundational Genre/Mode Approach. The readings chapters break down the essential skills and clearly outline the expectations of working with each genre or mode:
- Chapter 5 Fiction
- Chapter 6 Argument
- Chapter 7 Poetry
- Chapter 8 Exposition
- Chapter 9 Narrative
- Chapter 10 Drama
- Chapter 11 Mythology
Genre/Mode…with a Thematic TwistTo help 9th graders engage with real ideas and wrestle with complex issues, Foundations of Language & Literature embeds a thematic Conversation of texts in each genre/mode chapter, extending out from an issue in the Central Text. These compact synthesis clusters deepen the teaching of the Central Text, and encourage lively and authentic discussion, thinking, and writing. For example:
- In Chapter 8, Exposition, after reading "The Politics of the Hoodie," students engage in a Conversation asking "What is the role of clothing in defining who we are?"
- In Chapter 11, Mythology, after reading The Odyssey, students read and respond to a group of texts on the question of "What makes a hero?"
Differentiated Texts for Targeted InstructionIn each genre/mode chapter, Foundations of Language & Literature divides the texts into three sections for students at different preparation levels:
- Section 1 — short and approachable "foundational" texts
- Section 2 — longer and richer texts, representing grade-level complexity for 9th graders
- Section 3 — stylistically challenging and conceptually complex "reach" texts approaching the level of challenge found in AP English Language or AP English Literature
Three Skill-Building Workshops per Chapter
- Workshop 1: Essential Elements of the Genre introduces the basic concepts students need in order to read, analyze, and compose in the genre.
- Workshop 2: Writing in the Genre has students draw on the essential elements from Workshop 1 in order to compose a poem, an argument, a narrative, etc. and come to appreciate the choices that go into any text.
- Workshop 3: Analyzing the Genre guides students step-by-step through the process of creating compelling evidence-based analyses, clarifying the expectations and conventions of such assignments.
Seeing Connections - Deepening Student Thinking
Seeing Connections boxes accompany readings throughout the book. These boxes juxtapose brief texts or visuals with the main reading, offering information that supports, challenges, qualifies, or extends an idea in the main text. Seeing Connections challenge students to think critically and creatively.
Images with a Purpose
Every visual text in Foundations of Language & Literature serves a clear, authentic pedagogical purpose. Images were carefully selected to inform the reading of a print text, suggest new ideas, provide additional context, extend an understanding to the real world, or allow students to make interesting connections.
For those students who need a refresher, Foundations of Language & Literature contains brief, active grammar workshops that take students from basic understanding, to identification, to application in context, and ultimately back into their own writing to revise.
World-Class Teacher Support
Annotated Teacher’s Editions
In this exceptionally valuable resource, the authors provide helpful marginal annotations on each page to support your teaching of students at all levels—called-out passages for close reading, helpful teaching ideas, tips for avoiding common pitfalls, and more.
Teacher’s Resource Flash Drive and e-Book
Additional tools for teaching with the text can be found on the Teacher's Resource Flash Drive, and embedded at point-of-use in the Teacher's Edition e-Book. Resources include suggested responses to text questions, additional assessment texts, classroom strategies and how-tos, vocabulary support, key passages for annotation, and additional audio/video/documents.
ExamView Test Bank
Our ExamView Test Bank takes students from understanding to close rhetorical, literary, and stylistic analysis. Our authors and editors analyzed hundreds of items from national assessments and AP exams to target key skills. The ExamView Test Generator lets teachers quickly create paper, Internet, and LAN-based tests. Tests can be created in minutes, and the platform is fully customizable, allowing teachers to enter their own questions, edit existing questions, set time limits, incorporate multimedia, and scramble answers and change the order of questions to prevent plagiarism. Detailed results reports feed into a gradebook.