I had hoped to write about other things but lost myself in the work of the day, which I hope will be to your benefit as it relates to something we all think about (more than we wish we had to): teaching students to write good in-class essays under the pressure of time.
I spent the day reading everything I have on this and synthesizing this into one page suitable for student use (indeed, I plan to give it to my students tomorrow in preparation for their final exam). I felt they needed something more, though, an example of what a successful in-class essay looks like, what it accomplishes. Then, thinking on it still further and wanting to create a document that would itself instruct, I added the annotations to Alex's wonderful essay about McCarthy's The Road. The result: a four-page packet with guidelines, annotated example, and tips from AP Literature readers thrown in as a bonus.
In lieu of more inspirational thoughts (as has been my inclination here on the blog lately), I offer more practical fare I hope you can put to use this week or in the months ahead whether you teach AP students or those at lower levels who struggle with this sort of writing.
If you find it helpful, let me know; if you see ways to improve it, let me know. I'm always grateful for your support and feedback on my work. We are, after all, in this together.
Tomorrow is, hard as it is to believe, the last day of classes till final exams begin. Where did the semester go!?