The most important skill AP English Language teachers can impart is how to read, assess, and manipulate resources to synthesize information. The College Board's AP English exam counts a synthesis essay task as a third of its free response score. College-bound students benefit from learning how to research, retrieve and evaluate sources to form an original thesis to support their argument. The skills of annotation, directly quoting a source, paraphrasing, and summarizing are covered as well as credibility, reliability and validity of sources. These critical thinking skills are invaluable in today's world of fake news, cyber hacks, gas lighting, and alternative facts.
The nine extended lessons featured in this bundle support the teaching and student learning of the most recent AP synthesis free response tasks. For novice AP English Language teachers or experienced teachers who would like to enhance their teachings, these resources provide materials for an entire semester or yearlong course.