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English Language and Grammar Book Tests and Discussions

English Language and Grammar Book Tests and Discussions
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This past summer my AP Language students had to read one of the following books: "Made in America" by Bill Bryson, "The Great Typo Hunt" by Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, "Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words" by Bill Bryson (I won't use this one again--it wasn't a narrative style like I thought it would be), "The Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson, "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" by Mary Norris, and Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss. When school started they participated in two sharing protocols, which are included in this packet. Then they voted on which book taught the most about the language and it was pretty unanimous that Bryson's "The Mother Tongue" was the best. Anyway, then each student took a test based on the book he or she read. They had 40 minutes for the test and then 15 minutes to use their book to double check answers. They learned they should have annotated while reading. ;-) A 50-question MC test is included for each book, with answers. In addition, a few of the books also have a 100-question test (with answers), but I realized there was no way I could write 100 questions for each book by the time school started. We are continuing this theme/concept of the English language with additional projects that I will post later in the year. This does not have to be limited to AP Language.
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