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This AP Language lesson is two-fold, as all of our lessons should be:
1.) The College Board has shown consistency in recent years with their inclusion of paratext, namely footnotes. Even at a high performing school, I've seen the effect of students feeling uncomfortable with footnotes questions. Some questions target the nuts and bolts of bibliographical entries. This lesson document prompts students to investigate and learn the components of bibliographical entries. Other questions assess the student's ability to understand the academic commentary in footnotes, but I believe that students are even uncomfortable answering these questions because of their minimal exposure to footnotes and their befuddlement at the bibliographical entries and the overall purpose of footnotes. This lesson is a necessary first step in enhancing the students' understanding of the form and function of notes.
2.) Many teachers see AP Language as one of the most important college survival classes--and for good reason. A lesson such as this helps students extend their literacy to include academic texts, texts they will engage with and attempt to produce in college.
There is a two-page Word Doc with prompting questions in the form of marginalia (as the thumbnail indicates). There is a second Word Doc with answers included. And of course the Docs could be easily saved as PDF's. These Docs work great for 1-to-1 technology schools or as dittos.