Welcome to AP Lang!

Welcome, everyone, to the FIRST day of spring semester, and WELCOME to my AP Language class!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I will write a letter to introduce myself to the class.

Opening Session: Transcript check – everyone in the right place?

Work Session: Let’s start today off with a little icebreaker game!

Turn to the person next to you and exchange phone numbers with them. Store their contact info in your phone. Trade with your whole table if you want! Then, when everyone is exchanged, we’re going to play a little game called The Ringtone Game.

Your neighbor who now has your phone number will call your phone. Turn your ringer up and let us hear your ringtone! After we all get to hear what you chose, tell us your name and why you chose that particular ringtone.

Bonus! Now you’ve exchanged numbers with at least one person in the class! If you’re absent, now you can contact someone else in the class and ask what you missed and what’s going on. Of course, you can always check here on BristowLit.com, too 🙂

Next up, I want to hand out your course syllabus. Get this signed and returned to me! And I want to go over a few class policies and rules for the year.

Finally, we will end the day on doing a bit of writing. Normally I have my students write a letter of introduction about themselves, but since this is AP Lit, today I’m going to ask you guys to write something a little higher level.

  • Write a letter to me in which you objectively discuss your performance in your last English class. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, what you enjoyed and what you did not. Then, analyze your performance. Did you do as well as you could have? If you slacked off, why? Finally, create some goals for this semester and write about how you will achieve them. You should write at least six paragraphs today. And when I say 6 paragraphs, I mean good ones. You’re writing an essay today.

Closing Session: Share your number one goal for the semester!!

Assessment: Essays will be assessed on the AP Rubric

Differentiation: Process (varied length essays)


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