Need Exam on Read Literature Like a ProfessorI am new to AP and seeking help for a MC test with answers. Does anyone have an exam for the following book: How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by...

Need Exam on Read Literature Like a Professor

I am new to AP and seeking help for a MC test with answers.

Does anyone have an exam for the following book:

How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster?

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I love the validation of book choice and usefulness when students allude to content without prompting.  I have found this to be true with my own students with HTRLLAP, and lately, I've found the same to be with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers.  If you haven't had the opportunity to read it, I HIGHLY recommend it.  You may find this to be another useful text for your high poverty/at-risk students.  I know that my similar population gleaned a lot of information from his research, and they talked about it all year.  One student actually shared that she thought EVERY student should have the opportunity to read it as it changed the way she looked at her future.  Wow!

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Did you download the free AP sample test from College Board?  If you are a registered teacher with them and have gone through the audit and have a registered course, then you can download the sample test.  They also release old tests every so many years.

I agree with the above post that How to Read Literature Like a Professor doesn't lend itself to the MC tests.  However, I do think the book is valuable.  I sometimes just read a chapter here or there. 

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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In my opinion, and I've worked with this text with my AP students, this is truly not a text that lends itself to a MC test.  In the past, I've asked students to work with a partner novel and make connections between 10 of the chapters with specifics from both readings.  Why not do something similar? Ask students to relate prior symbols and events from previously read novels in order to display their comprehension of Foster's ideas.  Foster's resource is so dense and rich, any MC exam could easily become too much of a "gotcha" test. Or, another idea would be to use his last chapter, as it is an application practice, as an assessment (this could better lend itself to MC response questions).

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aclight | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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In my opinion, and I've worked with this text with my AP students, this is truly not a text that lends itself to a MC test.  In the past, I've asked students to work with a partner novel and make connections between 10 of the chapters with specifics from both readings.  Why not do something similar? Ask students to relate prior symbols and events from previously read novels in order to display their comprehension of Foster's ideas.  Foster's resource is so dense and rich, any MC exam could easily become too much of a "gotcha" test. Or, another idea would be to use his last chapter, as it is an application practice, as an assessment (this could better lend itself to MC response questions).

 

Thank you for your ideas. I did end up putting them in groups and connecting chapters, as well as, previously read novels. They referenced this book the entire year. I am delighted they found it useful without me reminding them. The book was a trial and error run, but it worked great for our high poverty/at-risk kids.

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