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  1. Mini Lesson: One Life
    09
    Jun

    Mini Lesson: One Life

    Megan Rapinoe is a well-known women’s soccer player who has helped the U.S. women’s team win two World Cups, won an Olympic gold medal, and constantly uses her platform to advocate for equality. Check out our mini lesson here!

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  2. Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom
    07
    Jun

    Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom

    When ALL students are able to access the best that literature has to offer, the results can be amazing. Of course, creating these moments is not always easy. Fortunately, there has never been a better time to explore tools to improve accessibility and engagement, and we've got a great starting point!

     

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  3. Pride Month: More than Rainbows
    27
    May

    Pride Month: More than Rainbows

    Rainbow flags fly, the face tattoos are at Target, and every brand around has brightly colored versions of their products during Pride month. Learn about easy ways to integrate Pride into the classroom — including a free lesson plan!

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  4. Mini Lesson: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
    26
    May

    Mini Lesson: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

    When Genie “meets” new kid Quentin Sun for the first time in The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, it’s on her way to school and he’s getting mugged by six grown men. The subsequent meetings are just as bizarre, but nothing prepares her for the epic battle Quentin has with an eight-foot tall giant. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!

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  5. Mini Lesson: Frankly in Love
    19
    May

    Mini Lesson: Frankly in Love

    In Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Frank Li is the barely-speaks-Korean-Korean son of Korean parents living in Southern California. His parents have sacrificed everything for him and have expectations of their son who simply wants to be a regular American teen, doing regular American teen things like falling in love—even if his love interest isn’t Korean. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!

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  6. Mini Lesson: Patron Saints of Nothing
    13
    May

    Mini Lesson: Patron Saints of Nothing

    In Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, Jay Reguero is set to graduate in a few months and then begin school at the University of Michigan, but against his father’s suggestion, he travels to the Philippines to get answers about his cousin who was murdered in President Duterte’s war on drugs. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!

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  7. Mini Lesson: The Astonishing Color of After
    06
    May

    Mini Lesson: The Astonishing Color of After

    In The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, Leigh Chen Sanders travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents after the death of her mother. While in Taiwan, she forges a strong relationship with her grandparents, but she also uncovers family secrets and chases after ghosts, including her mother. Check out the mini lesson for this book here!

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  8. Driveway Lesson Planning: Celebrating AAPI Month
    30
    Apr

    Driveway Lesson Planning: Celebrating AAPI Month

    As Asian and Pacific-Island Heritage month confronts the attention turned to campaigns such as Stop AAPI Hate, teachers can add to students’ understanding of this moment of national attention to build empathy and bring attention to AAPI writers and creators. Michael Guevara shares his morning musings, plus a lesson plan to start this important conversation in the classroom.

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  9. AP® World History: How to DBQ
    21
    Apr

    AP® World History: How to DBQ

    As the AP® World History Exam draws closer, students will begin to stress about the required essays they will write as part of the exam. The Document-Based Question essay can be particularly challenging for students. Download Senior Reviewer Phil Cox's walkthrough of the DBQ helping both teachers and students to understand the DBQ writing process better.

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  10. Acing the AP® Gov Exam: FRQ #3
    21
    Apr

    Acing the AP® Gov Exam: FRQ #3

    Follow along with author David Wolfford as he walks through key strategies and tips for students as they think through their approach to FRQ #3. Sample FRQ #3 and rubric included! 

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  11. AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates
    21
    Apr

    AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates

    Do you need some ideas or extra support helping students review for the AP® European History Exam? Join Lou Gallo as he shares content review resources and explains strategies that he has used successfully with his students.

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  12. AP® World Lesson Plan: Gender, Women, and the Plow
    16
    Apr

    AP® World Lesson Plan: Gender, Women, and the Plow

    Gender and power are key themes in our world: both past and present. Women, especially, have been fighting for equality and power for generations. But where did this gender and power separation begin?    

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  13. Protecting Our Planet—Celebrating Earth Month 2021
    05
    Apr

    Protecting Our Planet—Celebrating Earth Month 2021

    We’re celebrating Earth Day (April 22) a little early this year by dedicating the month of April to some of our favorite books that bring the importance of the environment into focus. After all, our Earth should be something we think about every day!

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  14. Acing the AP® United States Government & Politics Exam with David Wolfford
    02
    Apr

    Acing the AP® United States Government & Politics Exam with David Wolfford

    David Wolfford, author of AP® U.S. Government & Politics by AMSCO® gives a sneak peak of what to expect at his upcoming webinar on April 8th at 7:30pm EST. Register for free at the link inside!

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  15. #APLangTop5 Session 5: A Focus on Line of Reasoning
    11
    Mar

    #APLangTop5 Session 5: A Focus on Line of Reasoning

    In the final session of our #APLangTop5 series, we cover Line of Reasoning. During the session we offer concrete definitions, reading activities, and writing exercises that assist students in building their understanding of how to not only comprehend a line of reasoning, but also produce their own.

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  16. Women's History Month: Celebrating Strong Women in Literature
    01
    Mar

    Women's History Month: Celebrating Strong Women in Literature

    March is Women's History Month, and this year, Perfection Learning is celebrating by highlighting stories that feature strong women. Here are some of our current favorites, although there are really far too many to cover in only one post! 

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  17. #APLangTop5 Session 4: Providing & Explaining Commentary
    25
    Feb

    #APLangTop5 Session 4: Providing & Explaining Commentary

    In this session of our #APLangTop5 Most Difficult Concept Series, we focus on concretely explaining what commentary is, why it matters in the context of each essay format, and how to scaffold instruction so that students understand how to create analysis and logical coherence within their responses.

     

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  18. Getting to Know an Editor: Joseph Bianchi, AP® Social Studies
    18
    Feb

    Getting to Know an Editor: Joseph Bianchi, AP® Social Studies

    Get to know one of our editors, Joseph Bianchi, who specializes in AP® Social Studies. Joe answers our questions about how he carries over his 25 years of teaching experience to editing, what his favorite decade is, and reveals one of his hidden talents!

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  19. #APLangTop5 Session 3: Generating Evidence & Effective Quote Integrations
    11
    Feb

    #APLangTop5 Session 3: Generating Evidence & Effective Quote Integrations

    In the two sessions of the third installment of our series, “The Top 5 Most Difficult Concepts to Teach in an AP® Language Course...and how to conquer!", we focus on generating evidence for the argument essay and integrating source material in paragraphs for the synthesis essay question.

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  20. Getting to Know David Wolfford, Author of AP® United States Government & Politics
    04
    Feb

    Getting to Know David Wolfford, Author of AP® United States Government & Politics

    Get to know the author of our AP® United States Government & Politics textbook. David Wolfford answers our questions about how he maintains his love of teaching AP® Government, his tricks for memorizing student names, and his #1 classroom rule! 

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  21. #APLangTop5 Session 2: Writing for Sophistication
    28
    Jan

    #APLangTop5 Session 2: Writing for Sophistication

    Over the course of three sessions, Lauren and I use the language from the College Board released exam rubrics to inspire strategies that will enhance sophistication in students’ analysis and argument writing. Each video provides instruction on how to not only potentially earn the sophistication point, but also explains how to provide specific, concrete scaffolds to encourage student growth.

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  22. Keep Your Eyes on These Little-Known Tech Tools to Personalize Learning for Your Students
    15
    Jan

    Keep Your Eyes on These Little-Known Tech Tools to Personalize Learning for Your Students

    With schools thrust into online education models, it is more important than ever to ensure the proper support is in place for all students. How can you provide your students with reading and writing learning experiences tailored to their specific needs?

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  23. #APLangTop5 Session 1: Teaching the Rhetorical Situation & Identifying Rhetorical Choices
    15
    Jan

    #APLangTop5 Session 1: Teaching the Rhetorical Situation & Identifying Rhetorical Choices

    Need extra support teaching AP® English Language and Composition? We’ve got you covered! Join our co-authors, Timm Freitas and Lauren Peterson—current AP® teacher leaders and nationally known consultants—as they break down the most difficult concepts and offer step-by-step tips and skill-building resources.

     

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  24.  Welcome!
    15
    Jan

    Welcome!

    For over 90 years, we’ve been helping educators like you break down barriers to learning; create dynamic, inclusive classrooms; and generate long-term success for your students. We decided to launch this Next Step blog to share what we are learning with you—from insights from educational experts and learning science to innovative classroom practices.

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