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Free Early American Literature Materials (AP Lang)

Updated: May 30, 2023

I taught AP Language and Composition for about 7 years and it was my favorite class, In 2018, I switched to IB Lit & Lang because my school wanted to start offering an SL version of IB English. They asked me to spearhead the class since some of it overlaps with AP Lang & Comp, but I still like AP Lang & Comp a lot more. There are not enough sections of AP Lang & Comp to go around anymore, and I am transitioning away from teaching English anyway, but I highly recommend this class to anyone who gets the chance to teach it.



It took a few years for me to get the pacing, content, and intensity of the class correct. The first year or two, I was still determined to follow the sequence of American Literature since that was the curriculum for my grade level 11 kids, and I felt really strongly that the AP kids should not miss out on the only year of American literature in the curriculum. I did abandon that idea after time, but this blog post has the materials from those early years when I tried to fuse AP Lang & American Lit.



Introduction To Class



Early America/Puritans





Rationalism





Romanticism










Modernism

*Sorry for the paucity. One of the reasons I gave up on time periods was because I was never able to get to the good stuff before the end of the year.



I pretty quickly abandoned my idea to organize the class by American Literature time periods and switched to organizing by paper type (open, synthesis, rhetorical analysis). I didn't like that either and eventually decided to organize by topic, which I enjoyed.


If you have any American lit materials that are tailored for AP Language & Composition and you would like to share them with others, please feel free to do so in the comments section below.




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