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AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.

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Based on the Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on the big ideas that encompass core principles, theories, and processes of the discipline. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced work in STEM majors.

The AP Biology framework is organized into eight commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

Higher education professionals play a key role in developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education section features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.

The AP Program is unique in its reliance on Development Committees. These committees, made up of an equal number of college faculty and experienced secondary AP teachers from across the country, are essential to the preparation of AP course curricula and exams.

Parents need to know that A.P. Bio is a sitcom about a disgraced Ivy League teacher resentfully slumming it as a high school biology teacher. The main character is a nihilist who openly admits that his two life goals are destroying his nemesis and having sex with as many people as possible; he tells his students to "shut your mouth" and not to expect to be taught anything. He also instructs them to write sexual "catfishing" messages to his rival, and explains that he always wears condoms even though you can't "feel as much" with them on. He gets drunk and gets arrested for urinating on a building and resisting arrest, and so on. Teachers including but not limited to Jack don't care much about their jobs. Vulgar language and cursing incudes "hell," "dammit," "ass," and "sucks." A bully pushes an emo-ish kid down and throws his backpack in a lake. Women and people of color have strong, major roles.

At this time last year, Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) was a respected Harvard philosophy professor with a future and self-confidence and a mom who lived in Ohio. But now? Griffin's been pushed out of his department, he's living in his dead mom's frumpy apartment, and he's teaching high school A.P. BIO in Toledo -- and doing a really crap job of it, to the eternal distress of well-meaning Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) and the honor students who hoped to actually, you know, learn some biology. Jack's on a collision course with disaster, and he doesn't care who he takes with him, as long as he destroys his snooty nemesis Miles (Tom Bennett) along the way.

Rebel-teacher stories have been told so often on TV that it's really hard to escape all the clichés, so this show has to get credit for at least trying (and sometimes succeeding). "This won't be one of those things where I teach you, or I end up learning more from you than you learn from me," he crisply warns his students in the show's first episode, promising those who don't tell on him for not teaching an A+ in the class. But that's before a sassy-Greek-chorus-y trio of fellow teachers enlighten Jack in the teacher's lounge that he can pretty much assign his students any task he wants. Soon, he's using them for his own purposes: to torture Miles, to get him out of work, to get him assigned to "teacher jail" (an in-school suspension with pay).

Bottom line is this: Though A.P. Bio seems like a promising candidate to be a successor of beloved NBC primetime comedies like The Office, Parks and Recreation, Community, and 30 Rock, and a sharp crack occasionally brings it up to those levels, it's not as good as those shows. The storylines are too predictable, the characters too generic; it lacks the surprise zing of really great comedies. Howerton does his best, and is pretty good even delivering absolutely ridiculous lines; Patton Oswalt is as lovable as always. But unless you have a free spot in your schedule and a weakness for SNL-esque comedies, you may want to skip this class.

Families can talk about why comedies are so frequently set in workplaces: schools, hotels, backstage at TV shows. What types of plotlines does the school setting of A.P. Bio make possible? What are the dramatic or comedic possibilities?

Why do so many shows begin with a character who is new to something: a school in this case, an office, a team? What dramatic, comedic, or practical reasons would a writer have for that setup? Think about some of the shows you have watched. How are characters introduced to you, the viewer, as they are to the new person?

Do us a favor and start shutting up! Hosts Sari Arambulo (Grace) and Eddie Leavy (Anthony) talk to series regulars Lyric Lewis, Jean Villepique and Mary Sohn about season three episode one of Peacock's A.P. Bio. They also talk motherhood, getting their comedy chops improvising, and noticing their immediate connection while auditioning for the show. Also featuring: Hadiyah Robinson (Writer), Aaron Goffman (Propmaster) and Jacob Manown (Actor). A.P. Bio season 3 is now streaming on Peacock!

Time to start shutting up! Hosts Eddie Leavy (Anthony) and Sari Arambulo (Grace) catch up with Allisyn Snyder (Heather) and Shelly Gossman (Co-EP/Writer) about season three episode two of Peacock's A.P. Bio. Allisyn talks about morphing into the character of Heather, switching from drama to comedy roles and even more in an extended Roll Call segment. Shelly Gossman then talks with Sari and Eddie about the cult of the Chicago improv scene and collaborating with Mike O'Brien during their intricate twenty-year friendship.

Start shutting it all the way up! Hosts Eddie Leavy (Anthony) and Sari Arambulo (Grace) talk to writer/producer Dan Schofield about getting his start writing for game shows, assembling the most complicated episode this season, and his faux nemesis in the writers room. Also featuring: Aparna Brielle ("Sarika"), Colin Johnson (Editor) and David Neher ("Geology Dave").

Time to start shutting up! Hosts Eddie Leavy (Anthony) and Sari Arambulo (Grace) give you an extended behind-the-scenes look at shooting their dance sequence in Mr. Pistachio (season 3 episode 5). They also speak to co-exec/line producer Barbara Stoll about how she creates such a positive work environment on set. Also featuring: Jacob Houston (Victor), Miguel Chavez (Eduardo), Fred Tallaksen (Choreographer).

The Pre-AP science areas of focus are vertically aligned to the science practices embedded in high school and college courses, including AP. This gives students multiple opportunities to think and work like scientists as they develop and strengthen these disciplinary reasoning skills throughout their education in the sciences:

These resources support teachers as they design instruction for each unit, but do not constitute a full day-by-day curriculum. They are intended to be used alongside local school or district materials to address objectives of the course framework:

Pre-AP Biology does require additional resources for model lessons. Most are commonly found in science stock rooms and are low-tech and low-cost, ensuring that all students can engage in inquiry-based investigations and reasoning. These include:

A final exam allows students to demonstrate their success on the skills and content outlined in the course frameworks. This exam is optional. Pre-AP has not offered practice exams or published exam questions from prior years.

The simplest of actions lead to the grandest of consequences on A.P. Bio. In this episode, that action is a dress code policy to curb bullying. The consequence is the formation of a cult, naturally.

A.P. Bio has already escaped death by cancelation once before, but creator Mike O'Brien and stars Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt definitely see the possibility of the high school-set comedy lasting for many more seasons to come.

Those new seasons would likely happen on the show's new streaming home, Peacock, following the first two seasons which aired on NBC, hopefully making it one of the few high school-set shows to have a long run.

Howerton notes that while on the surface Jack and his It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia character Dennis aren't the nicest of people, that there is a clear difference between them, one fueled by what he calls "this second golden age of television or whatever we're in."

This dichotomy works because of O'Brien's determination to depict Jack as someone who's definitely rough around the edges, but fundamentally a decent guy. "I think the logline of the whole series would be a guy is stuck in his hometown and growing to like it more every day," he says. "So if we got out to Season 15, he'd be fully decked out in Whitlock High School gear selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the basketball game and cheering on all the students. We're just seeing his first painful months there, but he should be warming up a little bit every episode."

This marks a change from sketch writing, which O'Brien did for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live. "I have trouble rooting for characters who are truly bad to the core," he says. "I know it's kind of fun in comedy, especially a sketch, they have the bad character come to dinner or whatever, but for a week in, week out series, I want at some point to think this is a decent human being in some way," he says. 041b061a72


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