AP 3 – Last Minute Reminders

_____ 1. Use the universal pronoun “one” instead of you. (“Creating a class in which you teach creativity,” is not as sophisticated as “Creating a class in which one teaches creativity.”)

_____2. What kind of diction, syntax, imagery and tone? You must have an adjective before these words. PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T FORGET THIS.

_____3. Find and include synonyms for “uses” and “says.”

_____4. Avoid wordiness: instead of “With the example that Franklin gave us,” why not “Franklin’s example”?

_____5. At all costs, don’t make elementary mistakes like misusing to, too, two, their, there, they’re, its, it’s, your and you’re.

 

_____6. Full name (Benjamin Franklin) once; after that, Franklin or Mr. Franklin.

_____7. Citing sources – don’t put the source in parenthesis in the middle of a sentence:In (source B), …”

_____8. Consider an anecdote to start it off, but don’t spend too much time doing so. Remember, AP=Answer Prompt.

_____9. Handwriting!!!

_____10. Don’t repeat yourself. Almost without exception, make your point and move on to another.

_____11. Present tense: “Franklin writes,” not “Franklin wrote.”

_____12. Avoid pointless sentences like “Franklin uses rhetorical strategies.”

_____13. If you write that something you read is “interesting”, “enlightening,” “thoughtful,” etc., be sure to explain how and why.

_____14. You can only analyze what you see in front of you but be sure to see it!

_____15. Remember ethos, pathos and logos.

_____16. It is critical that you have a thesis statement in your introduction.

_____17. Use personal examples to help your argument but DO NOT DIGRESS OR GO OFF TOPIC!! Watch the time.

_____18. Don’t be boring! Vary your sentences, avoid passive voice, include a personal experience, being humorous if you can.

_____19. In the multiple choice section, the correct answer is in the reading – you sometimes have to go back to earlier sections to find it. REMEMBER TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS YOU FEEL MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT FIRST, THEN DO THE OTHERS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET 100% ON THE MULTIPLE CHOICE.

____20. Avoid such phrases as I think, I feel, I believe, I agree, etc. which weaken your argument(s).

_____21. Avoid spelling errors.

_____22. Do not use contractions.

_____23. Introduce quotations, do not simply insert them.

_____24. Have a topic sentence for each paragraph.

_____25. Think and organize before you write.

_____26. Carefully read the prompt and be sure to understand what is being asked of you.

_____27. If time, try to have a concession (that is, acknowledge and refute the other side) as part of your argument.

_____28. Memorize the terms, how they are applied and THEIR EFFECT ON THE READER.

_____29. Use have and has correctly. One subject =has; two or more subjects =have.

_____30. Show the readers that you are the expert. Be in command of your writing.

_____31. On the rhetorical analysis, be sure to state the author’s purpose.

_____32. Do not use the passive voice when you do not need to (i.e instead of “The example that Louv uses” which is dull, simply write “Louv’s example.”)

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Last Minute Reminders for the AP Test

Directions: Check these off as you file them in your memory bank. Be sure to practice them on Wednesday!

_____ 1. Use the universal pronoun “one” instead of you.

_____2. What kind of diction, syntax, imagery and tone?

_____3. Find synonyms for “uses” and “says”

_____4. Avoid wordiness: instead of “With the example that Franklin gave us,” why not “Franklin’s example”?

_____5. At all costs, don’t make elementary mistakes like misusing to, too, two, their, there, they’re, its, it’s, your and you’re.

_____6. Full name (Benjamin Franklin) once; after that, Franklin or Mr. Franklin.

_____7. Citing sources – never put the source in parenthesis in the middle of a sentence: “In (source B), …”

_____8. Consider an anecdote to start it off, but don’t spend too much time doing so. Remember, AP=Answer Prompt.

_____9. Handwriting!!!

_____10. Don’t repeat yourself: “There is validity within Franklin’s words. There is a reason for every action done …”

_____11. Present tense: “Franklin writes”, not “Franklin wrote”.

_____12. Avoid pointless sentences like “Franklin uses rhetorical strategies.”

_____13. If you write that something you read is “interesting”, “enlightening,” “thoughtful,” etc., you’d better be sure to explain how and why!

_____14. You can only analyze what you see in front of you but be sure to see it!

_____15. Remember ethos, pathos and logos!

_____16. It is critical that you have a thesis statement in your introduction.

_____17. Be sure to include your own experiences, things you have read and done, anything that advances your argument, but DO NOT DIGRESS OR GO OFF TOPIC!!

_____18. Don’t be boring! Vary your sentences, avoid passive voice, incorporate a personal experience, being funny if you can.

_____19. In the multiple choice section, the correct answer is in the reading – you sometimes have to go back to earlier sections to find it.

____20. Avoid such phrases as I think, I feel, I believe, I agree, etc. which weaken your argument(s).

____21. Avoid spelling errors.

_____22. Do not use contractions.

_____23. Introduce quotations, do not simply insert them.

_____24. Have a topic sentence for each paragraph.

_____25. Think and organize before you write.

_____26. Carefully read the prompt and be sure to understand what is being asked of you.

_____27. Be sure to have a concession (that is, acknowledge and refute the other side) as part of your argument.

_____28. Memorize the terms, how they are applied and THEIR EFFECT ON THE READER.

_____29. Use have and has correctly. One subject =has; two or more subjects =have.

_____30. Show the readers that you are the expert. Be in command of your writing.

_____31. Relax. Be proud of the effort you put in these last nine months!

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AP 3 – Week of April 27, 2015

16 days until the test. Are you ready??

4/27 Monday – Today we will do the pre-administration for the test; this will likely encompass the entire period.

HW: Study your glossary terms.

4/28 Tuesday – Essay #1. Due end of class. Since Math SBAC is occurring this week, those who are absent today, will write their essay tomorrow in class.

HW: Study your glossary terms.

4/29 Wednesday – Essay #1. Due end of class. Since Math SBAC is occurring this week, those who are absent today, will write their essay tomorrow in class.

HW: Study your glossary terms.

4/30 Thursday – In class scoring of essay #1; begin multiple choice practice test once scoring is completed.

HW: Study your glossary terms.

5/1 Friday – Multiple choice practice test.

HW: Study your glossary terms.

 

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AP 4 – Week of April 27, 2015

9 Days until the test! Are you ready??

4/27 Monday – Today we will do the pre-administration for the test; this will likely encompass the entire period.

HW: Study glossary, be sure to have 2-3 books “memorized” for essay question 3.

4/28 Tuesday – In class essay #1. Due end of class.

HW: Study glossary;  be sure to have 2-3 books “memorized” for essay question 3; take your essay home and “score” it.

4/29 Wednesday – In class essay #2. Due end of class.

HW: Study glossary; be sure to have 2-3 books “memorized” for essay question 3; take your essay home and “score” it.

4/30 Thursday – In class essay #3. Due end of class.

HW: Study glossary; be sure to have 2-3 books “memorized” for essay question 3; take your essay home and “score” it.

5/1 Friday – Multiple choice practice test. You will finish this in class on Monday.

HW: Study glossary; be sure to have 2-3 books “memorized” for essay question 3; take your essay home and “score” it.

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AP 4 – More Information about your Final Project

Now that you have read, analyzed and interpreted three novels by the same author, you are to tie everything together for your final 10-12 page paper (12 point Times New Roman font only, double spaced) that addresses the question of “How does/did your author’s life influence his/her writing?”

In other words, combining biographical information with excerpts and analysis from the three works that you read this year, what conclusions can you draw about how your author’s life affected his/her work?

  1. First and by far most important, form a thesis after considering your novels and how/why the author’s life shaped them just as you did in your The Catcher in The Rye essay from earlier this year.
  2. Once you have an idea (and give yourself ample time to construct one), you are to craft a way to approach this – pick passages and events from your three novels to support your thesis. I would definitely use extensive material from your book notes for support.
  3. Next I would consult biographical information about your author but it is paramount that you correctly cite these sources using the MLA format (here is the link for MLA citations of quotes: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/). DO NOT JUST PARAPHRASE FROM WIKIPEDIA OR SPARKNOTES (you will probably need to consult biographies, authors’ websites, introductions to your novels, perhaps a credible internet source.) Also you are to properly cite quotes and longer passages from your three novels. PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC FAILURE SO PLEASE DO NOT RISK IT!!
  4. Additionally you are encouraged to go beyond what you have read (i.e. you may wish to read other works by your author) for your research.
  5. The suggested format is as follows: a) Introduction, which offers background about both the author’s life including an overview of the three books that you are analyzing (about 1-2 pages); b) Body, which seamlessly weaves in and out of your three novels, analyzing and drawing conclusions about they relate to your thesis (whatever that is). Be sure to extensively include quotes from the three novels (and more if needed). This should comprise about 6-8 pages; c) Conclusion. What does all this add up to? What should the reader gain from your author’s writing? What is the author’s purpose in writing these novels? How has your author influenced other writers, artists and thinkers? What is his/her place in the literary/cultural landscape? (1-3 pages).
  6. You must have a works cited page (this does not count as one of the 10-12 pages. Sorry.)
  7. You are encouraged to reference quotes, ideas etc. from your author. It is highly likely that your author has been interviewed many times over his/her life. (Again, be sure to properly cite this!)
  8. Some reminders for your final product:
  • You need an original title – not FINAL PROJECT or anything boring like that!
  • You must have a very clear, specific thesis in your introduction.
  • You must write in the present tense.
  • You must avoid the passive voice as much as possible.
  • You must use academic vocabulary and liven up your diction.
  • You must have a topic sentence for each paragraph.
  • Each paragraph must support your topic sentence.
  • Your argument must be logical and well thought out.
  • You must use specific quotes, analysis and/or paraphrase from ALL THREE NOVELS to support your argument.
  • You must have a thoughtful conclusion.
  • Perhaps most important, you must write a convincing argument that supports your thesis.
  1. I am happy to help you as always so please see me.

DROP DEAD DUE DATE – Monday, May 18. No exceptions; nothing accepted after this date. Remember that this is worth 250 points and for some

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AP 3 – Week of April 20, 2015

4/20 Monday – SBAC testing for period 3; Period 7 will score their M/C tests and review more lit terms for the big test.

4/21 Tuesday – SBAC testing for period 7. Period 3 goes to the auditorium.

4/22 Wednesday (minimum day) – More multiple choice practice.

4/23 Thursday – In class essay (argument).

4/24 Friday – We will read and analyze  sample essays from yesterday’s prompt and then you will score your own.

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AP 4 – Week of April 20, 2015

4/20 Monday – 16 days until the AP test! Today we will read and critique some sample essays from Friday’s prompt and then you will score and critique your own.

4/21 Tuesday – In class M/C practice test. You will start today and finish tomorrow during the minimum day period.

4/23 Wednesday (minimum day) Finish M/C test.

4/24 Thursday – You will score and analyze the answer explanations; when done, we will discuss tomorrow’s essay.

4/25 Friday – In class essay. Due end of class.

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