Every year my students get to decide whether or not they will enroll in AP courses. This year I teach the AP English Language class and I have about 40% of the junior class counting on me. Two challenges throughout the year are exposure to current events and resources for independent test prep.
My students are hard working, determined juniors with college completion and a bright future on their minds.
They come to school before 7:30 am and leave after 4 pm. During this full day of learning and character building, many of them attend two or more AP classes and various electives. For many, this is their first year taking more than one AP class and it is not easy balancing the work expectations of an AP course with demands from other classes and family responsibilities. They are excited about the challenge and live our motto "We Lift As We Climb" by reaching out for help and giving help to their peers. At my school, about 90% of the students are on free and reduced lunch and we are 85% Latino and 15% African American. My students come from low income communities and are working to change the statistic that says 7% of them will graduate from college. They are the generational change for themselves, their family, and their community.
With the three different resources I requested, my students will be able to prepare more fully for the AP English Language exam to be taken on May 13th and also prepare for the science part of the ACT exam. The students will be required to read, annotate, and complete activities in the AP English Language test prep book outside of class. If I "catch" students using their test prep books, then I will snap a picture and we will celebrate those students in class. During class, I will ask students to connect strategies they learned from the test prep book to successes they have had on timed writes or multiple choice exams. The Upfront and Science World magazines will be used in my class to gather current events and to push my students' thinking about various topics from around the country and world. I will also use the Science World magazine to develop the skills around reading graphs/charts. My class is not just about reading novel; moreover, it is about becoming an informed citizen.
Donations to my project will improve my classroom because my students will be more prepared for two high-stakes exams: AP English Language and Composition and the ACT (science portion).
This will change their lives because they will be able to have a more robust resume to use their senior year for college and scholarship applications. College will open up many doors for my students and allow them to earn an education to better the future for themselves and their community.Read More
|Barron's AP English Language and Composition, 5th Edition • Amazon||$10.90||65||$708.50|
|The New York Times Upfront, Grades 9 - 12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 14 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 9â12 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$9.95||60||$597.00|
|Science World, Grades 6 - 10 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 12 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 6â10 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$9.25||25||$231.25|
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