Greetings! It’s been awhile since I checked in with you, but I thought I should update you on our work in AP Language as we start this final push of review before the exam on May 10. Your students completed a full length exam last week. No one exploded after three hours of writing, so we are counting it as a success!! This exam will also serve as the students’ final exam since it’s a comprehensive assessment of the skills developed over the course of the year.
There will still be a number of graded assessments that will count toward their overall semester grade after the AP Exam on May 10. We will be focusing on narrative writing and students will have an opportunity to experiment with the various college application prompts released for different schools. The hope is that they can leave for summer vacation with a good start on those essays (or even be finished!).
This week and next will be dedicated to review and practice. Students will all meet with me individually to discuss their final exam essays and make a plan for their writing on the AP exam. While I do those individual conferences, students will be working independently on a review portfolio. This portfolio is designed to help them review their work from the year, revise their writing to practice for the exam, and create additional practice examples for themselves. In years past, students have found this work to be incredibly helpful as they prepare for the exam. Please encourage your students to engage fully in this work while they are in class. I know many of them have a number of exams to prepare for; my hope is that this time in class will alleviate some of the out of school study burden!
Students who are traveling to the various academic competitions happening this week (DECA, HOSA or Robotics) may need to do some of the review work outside of class; however, if they are focused and working hard while they are here, it should be minimal.
Please encourage your students to use these two weeks to review and ask for help when they need it!! I am available before school everyday and during Academic Advisory.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire