AP Exam How To and useful Rubrics/Tools

This is the first of a series of posts about French AP. Several colleagues told me it would be helpful if I shared my materials so here we go! Feel free to critique them, use them, share them, toss them, ask questions about them, whatever you like! I try to give credit where credit is deserved but if you find that I forgot to credit someone/an organization, please do let me know.

For my AP curriculum, please click here.

In this first post, I am sharing an admin folder called: AP Exam How to and useful Rubrics/Tools, where you will find:

1. Course and Exam Description Effective Fall 2011 Revised Edition (available on the AP Central – French Language and Culture Home Page)

2. A list of useful transition and cohesive devices 

  • For each level of French, I have a list of transition words I expect my students to use. So by the time students reach AP, this list is not daunting at all.

3. AP exam at a glance

  • a simple one-pager explaining the format of the exam.

4. Student self generated vocabulary rubric and example

  • I am preparing a blog post about this one (**2017 update, here is the blog post, finally!). I don’t give my students vocab lists. Rather, they have to give me the vocab that THEY have learned through what they read, viewed, listened to, etc. during a particular unit. This has proven so powerful, I am now doing it starting at Intermediate Low.

5. “How to” guides for the following free response sections:

  • Cultural Comparison
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Formal email reply


  1. Hooray! I’m a little sad that this doesn’t apply to me anymore, since I will no longer be teaching AP. But I can’t wait to see your posts on the subject and share them with others! Thanks for posting.

  2. Merci mille fois! I love the self-generated vocabulary rubric — fantastic!!! Thank you so much for sharing your work. I just finished my first year teaching AP and I know there is a lot I can improve.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I’m preparing to teach AP for the first time, and though I’ll teach in Spanish, the ideas and concepts you’ve shared here are helpful. Looking forward to more!

  4. THANK YOU for sharing this! I am preparing to teach AP for the first time and my school will not be sending me to a training institute :(. This is so helpful!!

    • How sad that you cannot attend an AP institute! I hope you find the posts and materials helpful. I added my curriculum also. Bon courage!

  5. Bonjour de la Nouvelle-Zélande! I have just discovered your lovely blog, and have been so inspired by your ideas. I was wondering if you were still planning on sharing the later elements of your AP curriculum, as I am very fascinated by your curriculum theme on global life. 🙂 Amitiés, Lydia

    • Bonjour! I am definitely planning to continue posting. It takes me a while to clean-up my materials in order to post them AND I am currently going through a major life transition as we are moving to another state. As soon as I am settled down a bit, I will get back to posting. If you want to follow my blog by clicking on the “follow” button on the home page, it will alert you when I post again. Thanks so much for your interest!

  6. Cécile! C’est trop chouette! J’enseigne AP pour la première fois cette année et ton blog est super pour trouver des idées. Bises de Shelley (la copine de Ghislaine)

    • Wow, merci de me faire prendre conscience que je n’ai pas écrit un article a ce sujet. Gah! En fait c’est assez simple: tout au long d’une unité, les élèves récoltent le vocabulaire qui les intéresse pour pouvoir maîtriser le sujet. Ils peuvent trouver ce vocabulaire dans les articles, les vidéos, ou autres expériences que l’on fait en classe, ou bien ils peuvent en chercher de façon autonome. Ensuite, ils créent leur propre “vocab list” en utilisant la rubrique et le modèle que j’ai partagé sur mon blog. Quand on écrit un essai, ils ont le droit d’utiliser leur propre liste. Dis-moi si tu as d’autres questions.

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