Entries Categorized as 'AP Lang'

Mobile devices in high school doesn’t always mean txting peeps

Date March 19, 2010

At the beginning of the school year I took the section on mobile devices in my classroom and made a significant change. Originally it began with the change from “Cell phones, mp3 players, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom to removing the word “not”. I told them to take out these […]

Are you up for the challenge?

Date December 1, 2009

Reading Alan Levine’s blog post entitled “What? Another Do X A Day Project?” this morning got me thinking. See, I participated in National Novel Writing Month in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and last year I spent several evenings surfing through Alan’s (and D’arcy’s) 365 Flickr challenge. I knew nothing about this challenge and thought anyone […]

Me & Jon Krakauer

Date October 4, 2009

I’ve been teaching Into the Wild, the journey of Christopher McCandless, since early in 2005 so when Changing Hands Bookstore announced that they were bringing Jon Krakauer to town I was stoked. Into the Wild seems to touch more of my students than any other required novel. Last month Krakauer released his next nonfiction novel- […]

Podcast #1 – AP Exam vs. Dual Enrollment

Date July 27, 2009

APLang_Podcast1_July2809 Podcast transcript This is Devon Adams and today is July 24th 2009. Welcome to the first AP Language & Composition podcast. The purpose of these podcasts is to relay information about the AP Language class at Basha High School. My goal is to get these out weekly or biweekly depending on the materials being […]


Date February 24, 2009

I’ve always been under the impression that students appreciated getting due dates well in advance so they can plan ahead. I know parents appreciate deadlines way in advance. About six weeks ago now we gave an assignment to make a WIKI for class. I think my biggest mistake was not making stuff due all along. […]

Forgive me…

Date September 23, 2008

Last year at this time, you, students, knew more. Part of this may’ve been your preparation in the past, but I feel like part of this is my fault. See, the last couple of years I had the curriculum all planned out and I really enjoyed my job. This year, things are different. Planning is […]

AP Institute Bellevue, WA

Date June 25, 2008

This week I am at the AP Institute in Bellevue, WA. Last year I came to this same institute alone, because I’d heard it’s the best around. I agree. Last year it rocked, and my presenter was the Chief Reader for AP Language. The beginning of the week began a bit quieter until my friends […]

A new Shirley

Date May 28, 2008

Last week we “hired” a new AP Language teacher. As you may know Shirley Crabtree is headed to Perry, so we desperately needed someone. We did discuss in house people, and Ken James had someone in mind. When Liza and I met her, we were really excited and recommended her to district immediately. She seemed […]

Basha High School has a new principal

Date May 4, 2008

At the end of the week I had a sit down with my new boss, Ken James, who is a pretty cool guy. I wanted to talk to him about American Studies and the trip to Boston. He explained how team teaching has and has not worked in the past, and the successful scenarios are […]

Here come the Googlers!

Date April 21, 2008

We’ve begun going to talk to the current Sophomore Honors students about AP English & American Studies. Mostly the course curriculum they disregard until we get going because there’s just too much, and typically they can’t wrap their minds are AP vs American Studies vs AP Exams vs Dual Enrollment. I get a lot of […]