Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2
J. W. Mitchell High School New Port Richey, Florida
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Welcome to the AP® Biology Course Planning and Pacing Guides This guide is one of four Course Planning and Pacing Guides designed for AP® Biology teachers. Each provides an example of how to design instruction for the AP course based on the author’s teaching context (e.g., demographics, schedule, school type, setting). The Course Planning and Pacing Guides highlight how the components of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework — the learning objectives, course themes, conceptual understandings, and science practices — are addressed in the course. Each guide also provides valuable suggestions for teaching the course, including the selection of resources, instructional activities, laboratory investigations, and assessments. The authors have offered insight into the why and how behind their instructional choices — displayed in callout boxes along the right side of the individual unit plans — to aid in course planning for AP Biology teachers. Additionally, each author explicitly explains how he or she manages course breadth and increases depth for each unit of instruction. The primary purpose of these comprehensive guides is to model approaches for planning and pacing curriculum throughout the school year. However, they can also help with syllabus development when used in conjunction with the resources created to support the AP Course Audit: the Syllabus Development Guide and the four Annotated Sample Syllabi. These resources include samples of evidence and illustrate a variety of strategies for meeting curricular requirements.
AP Biology ■ Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2
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