Posts Tagged "Pre-AP"

New Product: Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s Foundations of Language and Literature & Advanced Language and Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s Foundations of Language and Literature & Advanced Language and Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

Is your district looking for an ELA product to support advanced students or honors level courses?  Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s Foundations of Language and Literature & Advanced Language and Literature.

Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s Foundations of Language and Literature & Advanced Language and Literature are English language arts materials for English I and II. They are intended to be used in consecutive years and prior to English III and IV AP English courses. The materials focus on building the skills students will need for success in AP English courses and are, therefore, best suited for advanced or honors level courses. The learning management system (LMS) allows students to experience the course in the manner similar to that of a college course; however, learning to navigate the LMS will require time and training for students and teachers.

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New Product: College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

Do your English teachers need new instructional materials for Proclamation 2020? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV.

The College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV is a comprehensive English language arts program for grades 9-12 (English I-IV). The materials are available in print and digital form. SpringBoard empowers students to take charge of their own learning and provides a learning experience that will support student success in AP courses.

The design of the material provides rigorous learning experiences with multiple assignments in each unit at the Apply level and above on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Materials focus on developing students’ skills in analyzing complex text, using close reading as an overarching strategy. Writing instruction is fully integrated with reading, listening, speaking, and thinking across each unit. Students consistently use strategies regularly seen in Pre-AP and AP courses, such as marking the text, OPTIC, SMELL, and TP-CASTT.

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5 Essentials in Teaching Pre-AP

We are often asked whether we review materials for Pre-AP courses. Pre-AP courses are grade level courses with embedded strategies to provide knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to prepare students for AP courses. While we will review any instructional materials aligned to the TEKS, CCSS, NGSS, and certain state-specific standards, districts may not need to purchase specific “Pre-AP texts”.

Supporting students in these five essentials will better prepare them for more rigorous AP coursework to come.writing

  1. Reading advanced texts is a large component of AP courses. Students access learning from college level texts and must be able to read independently for understanding. Pre-AP courses can support this skill development by including instruction in note-taking, key vocabulary terms, as well as reading college texts and primary source documents.
  2. Higher level thinking should be embedded in all classes and is essential for Pre-AP. Teacher developed lessons should include questions that challenge students to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create. Students should also be encouraged to create higher level questions and participate in class discussions where conversations are between student and teacher, as well as student and student.
  3. In addition to promoting higher level thinking, Pre-AP courses should focus on depth and complexity. Students should be looking for big ideas, details, trends, patterns, rules, unanswered questions, and using subject-specific vocabulary..
  4. Pre-AP students benefit from exposure to a variety of resources. Challenging Pre-AP students to use a variety of materials to connect and apply their learning supports the skills previously discussed. Teachers can include resources such as high school texts, college texts, studies by experts in the field, and online resources.
  5. Writing in Pre-AP is important for AP test preparation. Moreover, students benefit from writing in the context of the discipline, using the language of the discipline to express higher level thinking through depth and complexity is a skill that will support students in all future endeavors.
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