AP Lang Exam Prep

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.

I wanted to get this note up earlier today, but we were so busy during the District Tech meeting that I didn’t get a chance.

In addition to the tips below, I also just want to say that all of you will do great! Just remember how far you’ve come this year in terms of your analysis and writing skills. Don’t be afraid to showcase the voice you’ve developed all year long. Be funny, smart, personal, formal, brave. All of of you have tremendous reservoirs of knowledge in those noggins of yours. Tonight, review your notebook to keep all that knowledge fresh for tomorrow’s exam, especially for the open argument.

Remember, that you can go CFC or Classical for your organizational approach for the arguments (open and synthesis). For the Classical mode (similar to a 5-paragraph essay), use an open thesis, 2-3 body paragraphs, and don’t forget a concession to show the reader how reasonable you are. For the rhetorical analysis, you can either follow the passage and chunk each section, or if you see three major patterns or categories at work in the text, organize your paragraphs in that way instead.

Take a deep breath, get a good night’s sleep, come in for some breakfast munchies, and get pumped!  And with that, a classic pump up song from my era:


  • Review the “tips” sheets you received in class this last week.
  • Review many of previous years’ exam essays and responses on the official College Board AP Lang Student Site.
  • Practice! This is a skills-based exam, so the more comfortable and adept you are at answering the prompts, the better off you’ll be.
  • Review the tips on multiple choice here.
  • Submit your pump-up song (on the blog).
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Come early on Wednesday to drop off your bags and share some sustenance with your fellow AP Lang’ers. Doors open in room 290 at 6:45.

Purple Hibiscus Unit: Schoology

schoology-heroFor our next shared text unit, we will be reading the novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We will be spending approximately three weeks on this book, and during that time, our learning will move to a “virtual classroom” in Schoology.

Schoology is an LMS—a learning management system—that the T/E school district will actually be implementing, grades 5-12, beginning next year. As a member of the District Technology Committee, I have been working with other teachers to learn more about the benefits of Schoology. And since you’re my students, you’ll be among the first to help me pilot a few of Schoology’s features! 🙂

So what does this mean for you?

Our entire Purple Hibiscus unit will be accessed through the Schoology platform (not mrsEbarvia.com). To access these materials, go to schoology.tesd.net. Use your district network email and password.

Once you log on to Schoology, you’ll see a menu bar at the top. Click on Courses and then select World Lit. From there, you’ll find the Purple Hibiscus folder with our course materials.

Schoology Screenshot

Note that the screenshot above is a TEACHER view, which is why you see all class periods listed. In STUDENT view, you should just see your class period.

NOTE: While you are in Schoology, you will notice your other courses and teachers. Ignore any activity on Schoology not related to English class unless otherwise directed by a teacher. Several teachers are experimenting with Schoology’s features, so you may notice, for example, that your math teacher has scheduled a quiz or your social studies teacher has created an assignment. Unless those teachers specifically direct you to complete assignments in Schoology—like I am here—you should ignore all other activity not related to our class. If you have questions, just let me know.

Schoology is an extension of our classroom. That said, remember that all interactions in Schoology must be classroom friendly and appropriate. Practice positive online behavior. Remember that things online can sometimes be more easily misinterpreted. Take care in how you interact with others. Be sure to read the Best Practices for Online Interactions handout on the Schoology website.

Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

FIRST, enter all books that you have finished reading to the online Independent Reading Log (in the menu above).

SECOND, share your favorite Read-a-Thon title with a “notable quotable” from the book. How? Each class period will create a Powerpoint presentation that collects together the best “notable quotables” from your favorite Read-a-Thon books. Each student will be responsible for creating one slide for the presentation.

Go to your specific class period’s Powerpoint Presentation by clicking the appropriate link below:

Once you click on the link, you’ll be taken to an online Powerpoint presentation. You may be asked to log in to your Office365 account. Use your school username and password.

When you see the Powerpoint, you will be in “View Only” mode. From the top menu, click on “Edit Presentation” and choose “Edit in Powerpoint Online.” Find your assigned slide number (find your number here). Edit only that slide.

IMPORTANT: Do not change anyone else’s slide. If you accidentally edit or delete someone else’s slide, quickly “Undo” in Powerpoint (use CTRL-Z on a PC or CMD-Z on a Mac).

On your slide, include the following:

  1. An image of your book cover
  2. One notable quotable (from your index cards)
  3. Title and Author
  4. “Recommended by” with your first name and last initial and then your graduating year (i.e. “Class of”)

Some tips:

  • Try to select a quote from a book that you would recommend to others to read. These books and presentations may be featured in the school library.
  • Choose your quote wisely. The best “notable quotables” are those that will pique a reader’s interest. Be sure that it’s a quote that can stand alone and still be meaningful.
  • Use an appropriate font type and color to match your book cover design.
  • Check your spelling and punctuation.
  • See the samples below. Click to enlarge.

Tell the Wolves PPT Slide

Mosquitoland PPT slide (2)

DUE DATE: Your Powerpoint Slide is due by the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) on WEDNESDAY, 3/30.