Education, Literature

Random Observations On The 2013 AP Lit Exam Reading

Teacher, Poet, Performer, Provocateur Taylor Mali at the AP Lit Exam Reading
Teacher, Poet, Performer, Provocateur Taylor Mali at the AP Lit Exam Reading

(NOTE: The following notes contain nothing specific to the actual reading/scoring of the AP Lit Exams as this blogger would like to continue reading/scoring for many years to come.)

Eight days in beautiful downtown Louisville, Kentucky. I love spending my first week of summer break there. This is not sarcasm.

Imagine 1000 English majors in the same room, roughly 600 from academia, the rest from high schools, all working on the same task for one week. Cooperating. Collaborating. It’s a beautiful sight.

People pole vault in the streets of L’Ville on the weekends. I am not making this up.

The Louisville Bats could use a few more in their lineup. Pitching would help, too.

Noah’s Mill and Angel’s Envy are new faves in the bourbon department, but Blanton’s is still soooooo good.

The Seelbach and Brown Hotels are absolutely stunning. Next year, I will devour a Hot Brown.

The readers/scorers of Question Two are SO over The Rainbow.

The readers/scorers of Question Two have the most compassionate and caring question leader.

The readers/scorers of Question Two are jealous they missed hearing Taylor Mali read “The Black Walnut Tree” in his Christopher Walken voice.

Hearing Taylor Mali in person is a treat.

Seeing Taylor Mail in person is awesome.

Getting Taylor Mali to autograph one of his books for one of my students is just plain cool.

The next essay I score was written by someone’s daughter, someone’s son, someone’s student. I need to give it a fair and thorough reading.

AP Exam readers do that over 1200 times in one week.

I’m surprised so many readers smoke. How do they make it though a typical school day?

The food is great, so long as you’re not eating in the KICC. Doc Crow’s ribs, Against the Grain’s Sofa King Wheat, and Einstein Brothers’ $1 coffee refills satisfy both palate and pocketbook.

My table had readers from Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Texas (by way of Romania), Illinois, Michigan, and England.

We love teaching literature.

We fear for the future of public schools.

We can’t wait to do it again next year.

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