Ap Essay Lined Paper

This course is considered “college-level” for juniors who plan to take the AP test in Language and Composition (Spring semester). It follows the curriculum of the College Board and focuses on the rhetorical and stylistic analysis of (primarily) non-fiction (personal essays, autobiographies/biographies, newspaper articles, literary criticism, etc).  Students are given a summer reading and writing assignment to be completed by or before the first day of school.   Students will be required to follow MLA guidelines in all of their typed-documents.

Exam Overview

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION EXAM: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

The AP English Language and Composition Exam employs multiple-choice questions to test students skills in rhetorical analysis of prose passages. Students are also required to write three essays that demonstrate their skill in rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis of information from multiple sources to support the students own argument. Although the skills tested on the exam remain essentially the same from year to year, there may be some variation in format of the free-response (essay) questions.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice: 52-55 Questions | 60 Minutes | 45% of Exam Score
  • Includes excerpts from several non-fiction texts
  • Each excerpt is accompanied by several multiple-choice questions

Section II: Free Response: 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours 15 Minutes | 55% of Exam Score
  • 15 minutes for reading source materials for the synthesis prompt (in the free-response section)
  • 120 minutes to write essay responses to the 3 free-response questions

Prompt Types
  • Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
  • Rhetorical Analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writers language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
  • Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

From "http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2001.html" (2015).



ASSIGNMENTS

11/30 -Emerson "The American Scholar"

11/20 -Thanksgiving Break Assignment 

This week:  Declaration of Independence.  Every student is working in groups with specific roles.  Email/call/text your group members for what you missed!

10/19/15: Beginning Thomas Jefferson & the Declaration of Independence

10/14 HW:  Read and Annotate first half of Mayflower reading (below).

Before the Mayflower READING
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10/9 HW:  Complete the introduction and 3 body paragraphs by Monday, 10/12.

10/1 HW:  Complete reading "Notes Concerning the Savages of North-America" (see file below)

9/30 HW:  Read, highlight, and annotate "Notes Concerning the Savages of North-America" (see file below) up to 2nd paragraph of page 2 (ends with "It is mere civility").

Franklin - "Notes Concerning the Savages"
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This week:  Possible binder check!  Also, make sure to create your Google accounts.  All notes will be be typed starting Tuesday (9/29)
HOMEWORK: RHETORICAL APPEALS SKITS TOMORROW!  Memorize your lines and make your group proud!  
HOMEWORK: ACPEE Paragraphs (on a rhetorical appeal different from the first paragraph written in groups) are due Wednesday (9/23)!
Article - Read/Highlight/Respond (Due 9/15)
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Ethos - Pathos - Logos Packet (Due 9/11)
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Subordinate Conj. Worksheet (due 9/3).pdf
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Ethos Worksheet (Due 9/2)
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Syllabus contact sheet due Wed. (8/26)
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All students will need the following by Monday (8/31/15):

Gmail Account
Pen, Pencil, 3 Highlighters (different colors)
Lined Paper (25+ sheets)
Agenda
Binder (with dividers)
AP Summer Assignment (Due 8/17)
If you did not submit the summer assignment (for whatever reason), you will need to do so by Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.  You will do this concurrently with the coursework I assign.
"Consider the Lobster" (Wallace)
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AP-Lang. Summer Assignment
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REMINDERS

12/ 15: On-Demand Argumentative Writing Assessment

11/18: On-Demand Rhet. Analysis Timed Writing Assessment

11/17: 100-second Rhet. Analysis presentations (60 pts)

10/25: Essay Grades are now posted.  To understand how your percentage score reflects the rubric grade of your essay,  please view the grading scale posted towards the bottom of this page.

10/26 - 10/27: Substitute on Monday and Tuesday; please be on your best behavior and take care of business.

10/13 FINAL ESSAY DUE: Rhetorical Analysis of "Remarks on the Savages of North-America"

RHETORICAL APPEALS TEST 9/14! Study!!

Binder Check on Wednesday (9/1)!  Make sure you have:

Pen, Pencil, 3 Highlighters (different colors)
Lined Paper (25+ sheets)
Agenda
Binder (with dividers)

Substitute on Thursday and Friday (8/27-28); please be on your best behavior and take care of business.

RESOURCES

RHETORICAL ANALYSIS ESSAY PROMPT
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ACPEE - Paragraph Outline (9/16)
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ACPEE Paragraph + Strong Verbs
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PAST PREZIS

Syllabus: AP Language & Composition
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Simple/Compound/Complex Notes
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AP Lang. & Comp. TERMS
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Tone/Style/Syntax Handout
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AP LANGUAGE ESSAY CONVERSION GRADES:
The College Board graders evaluate essays on a scale of 1-9.  Mr. Tsuyuki’s AP Language course will grade essays based on this same general scale.  The conversions from points to percentages can be found on the right. 
 
For all formal essays, you may revise and resubmit for a higher grade.  I encourage anyone unsatisfied with their grade to do so, as the process of revision is a valuable tool in becoming a better writer.
 


Essay % Conversions            
9 = 100%
8 = 93%
7 = 86%
6 = 79%
5 = 72%
4 = 65%
3 = 58%
2 = 51%
1 = 44%
0 = 0%

#1 Make EVERYTHING Easier by Understanding Chronology

Do you know the second biggest reason students score low on free response questions?

Read these excerpts from the AP® graders and you can find out.

“Many students confused chronological sequencing,”

Jonathan Chu, 2014 Student Performance Q & A for Free Response Questions.

“Students continue to have chronological sequencing problems,”

Ernest Freeberg, 2013 Student Performance Q & A for Free Response Questions.

“Most responses were weak on chronology,”

Raymond “Skip” Hyser, 2009 Student Performance Q & A for Free Response Questions.

“Many students have problems with chronology,”

Raymond “Skip” Hyser, 2008 Student Performance Q & A for Free Response Questions.

Did you catch it?

The second biggest reason students score low on the free response questions is not using correct chronological sequencing.

What is chronological sequencing?

Chronological sequencing is simply arranging events in the correct order.

Unless you know the context of the event, knowing about the event is almost useless.

Example: Knowing the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery is good, but unless you know WHEN the Emancipation Proclamation happened and what events preceded it, it’s almost useless knowledge.

“Some responses (too many to ignore as an anomaly) seemed to believe that the goal of the Civil Rights movement of the 1890s-1920s was to end slavery, undermining the quality of the essays.”

Ernest Freeberg 2011 Student Performance Q&A for Free Response APUSH Questions.

To develop chronological understanding, create a timeline.

Get your history textbook out, along with a piece of lined paper.

Take all the bold words and write them on a sheet of paper. For every word, find a date of relevance for that word.

Then, on a new sheet of lined paper, order each event based on chronology.

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