You and your students have made it through AP® Exams, and now its time to have some fun! Let's discuss what to do with your students between now and the end of school
I don't want students to spend the weeks after the exam in mental stagnation, so I alternate between two activities. The first is to study the opening chapters of their summer reading together. Most of the students take AP Lit in their senior year, and they always have summer reading. We read the first few chapters together in class and spend time discussing and analyzing those chapters. The students appreciate that they were "getting ahead" on their summer reading, and beginning the book together helps them feel more confident reading the rest of the book on their own. Additionally, the students are engaged in close reading and analysis of language, which fulfills the objectives of both AP Lang and AP Lit.
The other activity is for students to work on their college application essays. Most students dread writing these essays, and honestly, who can blame them? Students choose one specific essay to write, and we spend time analyzing exactly what the essay is asking students to do. Basically, we are breaking down the prompt, as we had done all year, and as they will need to do in AP Lit. I schedule time in the computer lab for us to work on the essays and we go through the revision process together. I have time to work with each student one-on-one, and I give them credit for their work. Before they leave for the summer, everyone has a polished essay ready for the application process.
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