Renee H. Shea

Testimonials


"This excellent text bridges the current gap between the teaching of American Literature and the usual AP Language and Composition course focusing on nonfiction. For the AP Language teacher who is required to focus on American Literature throughout the course, this text will be a godsend, a rich treasure trove of selections that maintain the focus on American Lit yet address the skills necessary for success on the AP Language and Composition exam."

—Sylvia Kranish, John F. Kennedy HS, MD
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"This is an exciting book for AP English Language and Composition teachers and for me in particular. This is a comprehensive textbook that includes materials that most teachers painstakingly come up with on their own. Having such a resource would save AP English Language and Composition teachers a great deal of time. In particular, I really like the conversation sections and the weaving in of contemporary pieces."

—Frances Fok, Landstown HS and Technology Academy, VA

"The chosen texts span American history and will enable students to tackle the bigger thematic questions about being an American and America's changing identity. I think the Conversation sections will be engaging and can generate interesting synthesis essays."

—Allison Casper, Revere High School, MA

"This book does an admirable job of combining fiction, non-fiction, and visual texts. My favorite part, however, is the Conversation sections. Other textbooks may have limited suggestions for synthesizing material (e.g., compare this essay to that short story, etc.), but this text actually provides a reasonable number of sources that can be used to argue a position. This more closely resembles the synthesis question on the AP exam."

—Valerie Morehouse, Flint Hill School, VA
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"This is the ONLY textbook I recommend to new AP teachers. It is well-organized, clear, and rich."
— Denise Hayden, Floral Park Memorial High School, Floral Park, NY

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"I think the approach that this text is taking is wonderful. I especially like the fact that there are numerous paired texts and an entire section devoted to synthesis. This is truly different from what you find in other textbooks, and I think it is a much better approach."
— Lance Balla, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA
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"I like the idea of front loading the text with the nuts and bolts of reading and writing about literature. The selections are indeed challenging, but I also think they are more accessible and varied than those included in other texts. This text does seem well-suited to a wide range of high school students, whether superstars or neophytes."
— Peter Drewniany, Germantown Academy, Strasburg, PA

"This book is what I have wanted since I started teaching AP.  I can't wait to use it."
— Frazier O’Leary, Cardozo High School, Washington D.C.

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Renee H. Shea

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