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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.