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Why do we love? It is that magical time of year. It is February, and both of my AP classes are reading, writing, and discussing various types relationships. AP Language is working on the Synthesis question and incorporating relationship readings, blogging about their path to college, and interviewing various couples about relationship issues. AP Literature is reading about Love and Relationships. The question remains. Why do we love?

My AP Literature students are analyzing a poem of their own choosing on the theme of love and they are also writing a poetic response to either Andrew Marvel's "To My Coy Mistress" or Annie Finch's poetic reply "Coy Mistress."  I am looking forward to reading the work generated this week. Love is so often not explained. Our students grow up seeing various forms of love modeled, but not defined. It can be such a discombobulating experience for them. Asking my students to reflect and write about relationships engages and enables them to put to voice their concerns and encourages them to write in more authentic ways.

I can imagine my AP Lang students synthesizing the two poems and the video and then writing from the perspective of someone who witnessed the event.  (I'll probably save this idea for the Lang students for after the AP test in May.)

"To His Coy Mistress" Andrew Marvell
"Coy Mistress" Annie Finch

Benjamin To created this lovely video to dramatize the two poems


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