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rEmInDeRs FoR aP eNgLiSh LaNgUaGe AnD cOmPoSiTioN eXaM
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Should you panic on the exam?
Relax! AP Exam is a high pressure test, you've spent the year preparing for it. You know what you are doing.
What should you bring?
No.2 pencil (section 1)
Black or blue pens (section 2)
Current photo ID
AP student pack
When and where will you get your Ap student pack?
given at your first exam
What should you be aware of?
How many minutes per multiple choice?
How many minutes per essay and how long is the initial reading period?
40 minutes per essay and 15 minutes for initial reading period
Will the exam proctors be giving timing reminders?
most likely not
How many passages in section one and what are they accompanied with?
4 or 5 passages with accompanying analysis questions
What will the passages feature?
Some passages will feature archaic text, while others will be more contemporary
How many questions are in section 1?
Do we need to determine the number of passages?
How many lines should you read of each passage and why?
first 5 lines of each to determine the reading order
What should you do if a passage is difficult to understand?
Identify the main subject and authors tone
What should you ask yourself about the authors tone?
is it positive? negative? or neutral?
Which question should you start with?
start with overall questions. ex ~ overall tone? overall purpose?
Which questions should you leave for last?
questions that are "all the following except" and "I II III IV(roman numeral ones)"
What are the best two strategies?
Part/Whole and Process of Elimination
Why is Part/Whole and Process of Elimination important?
The more answer choices you can get rid of, the better your chances for guessing correctly if you have to guess.
When you have to choose between two answer choices that can clearly be supported by the text which answer should you pick?
pick the answer that is more specific or more closely aligned with purpose. (look back at overall purpose questions)
What should you do if your stumped on a question? and why?
Skip the question and come back. You don't have time to obsess over a single question
What should you review for the AP exam?
APMC strategy handout, Look at info about question types, spend little time with your yellow pages reviewing definitions of stylistic devices you are shaky on
How long is section 2?
2 hours and 15 minutes
Can you start writing before your 15 minute reading time is up?
Yes you can write on the prompts. once the 15 min is up you can start writing on your booklet of lined paper
It is okay to not use up all 15 minutes of your reading period
Should you start with the essay you feel least confident about?
no, start with the essay you feel most confident about
What will you be asked to do in the argument essay?
defend, challenge, or qualify a position. ~ (establish circumstances in which you agree or disagree with a position)
For an argument essay, will a position always be explicitly stated in the prompt?
no the position may be one you have to figure out from reading a passage
It's okay that your thesis in an argument essay does not establish a clear position
False your thesis in an argument essay must establish a clear position
Where can evidence be found for an argument essay?
current events, personal experience, history, literature, or pop culture
If you use evidence from literature you do not have to make a connection to the real world.
False, when you must make a connection to the real world.
When using evidence from history before the twenty-first century, you must make a connection between the world then and the world now
Do you need citations in an argument essay?
no citations are not necessary in the argument essay
What should your topic sentences introduce in an argument essay?
your topic sentences should introduce an idea rather than jumping straight into evidence
Do you have to refute an argument essay?
If possible, address and refute with evidence strongest counterargument to your position.
What do you need to maintain throughout writing your argument essay? why?
maintain focus on your argument. don't get so bogged down in explaining evidence so that you do not explain how it proves the point you are trying to make
What are the fallacies of argument?
Attacking, Preaching, Overgeneralizing, and Drawing conclusions with insufficient evidence
What is the big question for a rhetorical analysis essay?
What is the authors purpose?
Where can you find the big question?
Identified in intro, discussed in body paragraph in conjunction with devices
What is the little question for a rhetorical analysis essay?
What stylistic techniques are used to achieve this purpose?
Where can you find the little question?
Identified and discussed in body paragraphs
What should an effective thesis for rhetorical analysis do?
Should specifically identify the author or speaker's purpose and should NOT list rhetorical devices
What should an effective body paragraph for rhetorical analysis contain?
begins with a topic sentence that identifies the device to be discussed, offers evidence of the device, explains how and why the device works(the why for it), and make a connection between device to overall purpose
Are citations necessary in a rhetorical analysis essay?
Citations are not necessary in the rhetorical analysis essay
What are the top 8 most common devices for rhetorical analysis?
Connotation▪ Allusions▪ Metaphors and Extended Metaphors ▪Tone ▪Imagery ▪Rhetorical Questions ▪Repetition ▪Rhetorical Appeals (Ethos, Pathos, and Logos)
Establishing credibility sounds better than what?
Appeals to the reader's sense of logic sounds better than what?
Appeals to the readers (emotion) sounds better than?
What should you do if you don't remember the name of a strategy(device)?
describe what the language is doing but be careful you are not just summarizing. Describing and explaining rather than just labeling often makes for stronger analysis. Mislabeling can hurt you.
How do you build stronger sentences in rhetorical essays?
make the strategy the subject of the sentence
ex: Barry uses rhetorical questions to
better ex: Barry's rhetorical questions mimic the questions a scientist must ask himself as he is testing his theories.
Should you limit direct references to "the reader"?
Yes your essay is the discussion of the effect of a particular stylistic technique
▪Example -Describing the "corruption of confined air" and the "contagion of diseases" makes the reader pity those locked up in debtors' prison.
▪A BETTER EXAMPLE -The images of decay and sickness conveyed by the "corruption of confined air" and the "contagion of diseases" make it all too easy to pity the men left to rot in cells for a relatively minor crime.
Diction and imagery always need to be preceded by an adjective?
True (a specific adjective)
What are the TERRIBAD adjectives?
vivid, powerful, impactful, strong, bold, and descriptive.
What are these examples of?
▪Paints a picture in the reader's mind
▪Allows the author to reach readers emotionally
▪The images enhance the author's position on the topic
generic/clichéd commentary you need to avoid
Synthesis Essay is an argument
Do you need to use citations in a synthesis essay?
yes, this is the only essay where citations MUST be used. you s
You should also lead into sources with what?
attribution - the action of regarding something as being caused by a person or thing
How many sources do you need to use in a synthesis essay?
If you don't use three sources what is the maximum score you can receive?
When approaching the sources should you read from each?
read any introductory information and the first few lines of each source to determine which ones will best support your position.
The sources you find that will support your position should be what?
What do you do if a source seems like it will not be useful in your argument?
Skip it and come back to it if you have time
What should you be aware of in synthesis essay?
Evidence for a synthesis essay can be what?
Quoted, summarized, or paraphrased
What should your argument be in a synthesis essay?
Your commentary(argument) must be central. The paragraph should not read like a summary of evidence.
What happens when you don't write legibly?
It can get in the way of your ideas flowing clearly
Why should you start your introductions strong?
It's the readers first impression of you so you can't be mediocre
Should you indent your paragraphs?
yes, indent paragraphs clearly
Should you use topic sentences?
yes use topic sentences
clarity and conciseness is better than peppering your essay with fancy sounding words
True, you want to sound knowledgeable and intelligent but do not try too hard to sound scholarly
Should you use clichés?
No steer clear of cliches and overused words
General writing reminders
Vary sentence beginnings and sentence structures and try to finish's with two to three minutes to proof your work
What to Review
Essays you've written this year, any notes with model thesis's, body paragraphs or conclusions, APMC strategies handout -college board digital testing app for practice questions
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