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How to Start AP Language & Composition

Updated: Nov 10, 2022




Whenever I am starting a new class or unit, my biggest hurdle is just figuring out a concrete way to get moving. In this blog post, I have bulleted my "1st week" activities for my AP Language and Composition class and linked my TpT products. Although a lot of what is posted on this website is free, a lot of my AP materials are already on TpT. I wanted to post them here that you could get a sense of the order in which I complete my opening activities for AP Language and Composition. My goals for the first few weeks are to get to know the kids, introduce them to the Lang & Comp test, introduce them to the rhetorical triangle and analysis, and, most importantly, to get them writing.



1st Day of School (20 minutes)

-Greet students at the door

-Have students come in, choose a seat, and make a name tag

-Briefly introduce yourself

-Take attendance

-Start this lesson: Introduction to AP Language and Composition





Day 2 (84 minutes)

-Housekeeping/paperwork

-Attendance

-Continue "Introduction to AP Language and Composition" lesson. Let students finish the writing in class or at home.



Day 3

-Housekeeping/paperwork

-Attendance

-Spend 10 minutes going over classroom expectations.

-Introduce students to "rhetoric" and the "rhetorical triangle."




Day 4

-Housekeeping/paperwork

-Attendance

-Spend 10 minutes going over classroom expectations.



-Start first unit. For my first unit this year, I am going to work with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, but I typically start with this unit below about education.


Here are some of my Outliers materials:



Other Helpful Handouts For The Beginning of the Year