Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AP Conference 2015: Teaching Diverse Novels

I received an email and in the heading it stated: The 2015 AP Annual Conference Program Is Available.

I instantly opened the email and scrolled through the sessions, and my session was there:

Teaching Diverse Novels

Location: ACC--Lvl.4, Rm. 17A
Session Subject: English Literature and Composition
I will use the novels Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid to demonstrate how AP English teachers can use these novels to explore characterization, coming of age, the use of symbols, and culture in order to get a deeper meaning from these and other culturally diverse novels. Toni Morrison and Jamaica Kincaid both use culture and symbols in order to develop characters and drive the plot of the novel, and to tell coming of age stories. With both novels, I will show creative ways that a teacher may use these novels to teach about different cultures and how an author uses "place" in order to develop a plot. 
  • Jacqueline Stallworth, Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA

When I saw my name and the description that I wrote, I instantly became excited. I have presented at the AP conference before, but I presented with a colleague, but this time, I will be ALL BY MYSELF!!!

It's really happening: I am presenting at the AP Conference.

This is one of many things that I am excited about today!

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