Guest post by Deborah Gascon – Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
Performance in AP? Didn’t think you had time with all the other pressures? Make time. Using Folger strategies in my AP classes has transformed student comprehension of difficult texts and improved their abilities to read closely–and has actually SAVED me time.
This week my AP Lit and Comp students completed poetry presentations. There were several requirements but one of them was to make the presentation engaging–there is nothing worse than sitting through 57 poetry presentations, is there?
I was impressed and amazed at how many of my students incorporated some sort of performance in their presentations. Josh taught Frost’s poem “Home Burial” and had 3 volunteers perform the different parts to show the contrast in mood. Tyler assigned each of his classmates a line of a Plath poem and asked them to create a physical movement to express the tone in the line.
My students quickly realized that performance is key to understanding and chose to incorporate in all facets of our classroom. I know that with performance my students are engaged, class is interactive, students aren’t insecure about delivering presentations and the senior slump hasn’t happened.
Here are the top 5 things I did (and suggest!) to incorporate Folger strategies in the AP classroom: (more…)