AP COURSE PLANNING OVERVIEW
To understand all of the resources on the site for planning the AP course it’s useful to have a 30,000 ft view, and to see how they all fit together. Here’s a ‘bigger picture’ to hopefully help you see how the macro fits with the micro when it comes to the organization of the AP course.
LEVEL 1 – BREAKPOINTS
At the highest level we have the AP BREAKPOINTS.
These represent the 12, natural points in the course where I pause to give a major assessment (test) on the material that has most recently been delivered. These BREAKPOINTS are often preceeded by smaller assessments such as quizzes, but each BREAKPOINT represents a stand alone section of material that is assessed as a single entity as the course proceeds. The 12 BREAKPOINTS themselves preceed the review period, which makes up the final month of my course prior to the AP exam.
LEVEL 2 – ROADMAPS
At the intermediate level we have the AP ROADMAPS.
The ROADMAPS give a more detailed look at the way each of the 9 UNITS are delivered on the way to reaching each BREAKPOINT. They show the sequence in which the LOs are delivered, and show which FRQs and MCQs I use in my delivery, plus where quizzes and labs appear in the sequence.
LEVEL 3 – DAILY PLANNERS
At the most granular level we have the AP DAILY PLANNERS.
The DAILY PLANNERS give the finest level of detail, looking at what happens during any given meeting on any given day. The DAILY PLANNERS mostly reflect the ROADMAPS, but show a specific number of meetings and more detail about methodology of delivery (spoiler alert, it’s most direct instruction and working old AP problmes).