This is an AP Lit level group seminar novel project teaching unit. The purpose of this unit is to allow students to learn independently from the teacher either over summer break, fall break, winter break, or spring break. The district I teach in is year-round, meaning every 9-10 weeks we have at least a two week break. Since the AP Lit exam is in May, I needed my students to continue learning during those breaks without me. Included in this unit:
- A list of seven novels (Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, The Awakening, Ethan Frome, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Jane Eyre, and Crime and Punishment) which can be edited and changed by the teacher. I changed my novels every time I assigned this project over a break.
- Students group up based on their novel choice.
- Explanation of the three separate grades: an individual homework/reading accountability and literary analysis grade, the group presentation grade with handout, and the individual in-class AP essay exam.
- Instructions and expectations related to each individual grade
- An explanation of the group procedure instructions
- Group starter questions to help students in their group discussions.
- Presentation directions and expectations
- Daily group log sheet, which can be edited to fit the teacher's needs and can be easily duplicated for the number of times the group needs to meet
- A presentation rubric for ease of grading
- Two released AP Lit level essay prompts
This novel unit allowed my students to learn without me, learn from each other, think independently, and also have more AP level novels to choose from for the open topic essay of the AP Lit exam.