Stephanie Ferree Hyatt The lead AP English teacher for Huntsville City Schools, Stephanie Ferree Hyatt teaches AP English Language and Composition at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2012, Hyatt was named Teacher of the Year for both Lee High School and Huntsville City Schools. Hyatt is actively involved with the A+ College Ready Initiative, for whom she teaches AP exam prep sessions for students and curriculum workshops for teachers. Her most recent projects and presentations relate to teaching rhetorical analysis through fiction passage analysis and integrating technology into the AP English classroom. Hyatt holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Alabama Huntsville and an Educational Specialist Degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.
The change in content for the new 2016-2017 course redesign is not really that significant, but as you can see in the chart below, the assessment is a different story. I have written elsewhere about the importance of teaching and drilling the Historical Thinking Skills into students’ heads. It will be more incumbent upon teachers to do so after 2016. This is especially true in regard to students responding to source material such as maps, primary and secondary sources, graphs, art, and data charts. Tasks connected to a historial stimulus will constitute approximately seventy five percent of the new exam. By way of comparison, the percentage of stimulus items on the current exam is twenty to twenty-five percent.