Advanced Placement literature content and topics: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
  • Whitman’s Echoes in the Inaugural Poem “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander

    Created July 1, 2016
    Elizabeth Alexander image

    This lesson plan is the seventh in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides a video recording of the poet, Elizabeth Alexander, reading the poem “Praise Song for the Day” composed for President Barak Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

  • “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

    Created June 24, 2016
  • “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

    Created June 24, 2016
    Adrienne Su image

    This lesson plan is the sixth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides an audio recording of the poet, Adrienne Su, reading the poem “Peaches.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

  • “The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

    Created June 16, 2016
  • “The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt

    Created June 16, 2016
    Minnie Bruce Pratt

    This lesson plan is the fifth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides an audio recording of the poet, Minnie Bruce Pratt, reading the poem “The Great Migration.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

  • “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

    Created May 11, 2016
  • “Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Created February 2, 2016
    Naomi Shihab Nye

    This lesson plan provides a sequence of activities that you can use with your students before, during, and after reading Gate A-4. Use the whole sequence, or any of the activities, to help your diverse students enter and experience the poem.

    Launchpad. Anton Chekhov, “Home”: A Short Story

    Background | Sources for the Reading | How to Use This Launchpad | The Excerpts | Optional Writing Activities

    In winter we close the windows
    and read Chekhov,
    nearly weeping for his world.

    What luxury, to be so happy
    that we can grieve
    over imaginary lives.

    Lisel Mueller, “Late Hours"  

  • Lesson 3. A Gallery of Grotesque Characters

    Created November 5, 2015
    Portrait of Sherwood Anderson

    This lesson undertakes an analysis of the story, "Adventure,” which depicts the character Alice Hindman, and her progress (or regression) from “normal” to grotesque. Students then work independently through other stories in the cycle to analyze examples of the grotesque among Anderson’s more minor characters.