Hello! It has been a busy few weeks in AP Seminar but we have almost completed all of the Individual Multimedia Presentations. I hope your students have shared their presentations with you; they have a lot to be proud of with these!!
Once our presentations are complete will move onto our final task: preparation for the end of course exam. Students have been given some review materials on Google Classroom and should be spending a little time at home reviewing those and preparing questions for when we begin our work in class. We will spend Thursday-Tuesday reviewing and practicing.
I will also be running an optional after-school full length practice session after school on Monday, May 1. This will be for practice only, but will give students a chance to see what it feels like to write for a full two hours. Students who are also taking AP English Language may not find it necessary to sit for this extra practice, but those who have never written for two hours straight may find it beneficial.
The test is divided into two parts and students have been practicing the skills it tests all year long. The first part (30 minutes) asks them to read an article and answer three short answer questions about it. They need to identify the author’s argument, explain the line of reasoning, and evaluate the effectiveness of the evidence. We’ve done this with pretty much every text they’ve read this year!!
In the second part of the test (90 minutes), they will be given four different articles that are all thematically related. The four articles will represent different perspectives on the theme, and students will need to develop their own argument using two of the four articles. Again, this is a skill they’ve done often. They just did it with their IWAs.
The biggest thing you can do to help support them right now is encourage them to sleep and stay positive. These weeks of prepping for the AP tests and then taking them can be a little stressful around here; if they are well-rested, they’ll be in much better shape on test day.
Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions!
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