AP 11: Language and Composition

AP 11: Language and Composition

AP 11: Language and Composition THE TEST! Overview 3 hours and 15 minutes 2 sections Section 1: 45 60 multiple choice questions (60 minutes); 15 minute reading period Section 2: 3 free-response (essay) questions (120 minutes)

Multiple Choice questions test how well students are able to analyze the rhetoric of prose passages Free response questions ask students to demonstrate their composition skills by writing 3 types of essays Rhetorical analysis essay

DRQ (argument) essay Synthesis essay Multiple Choice Related to 4 5 prose passages Passages will be: Fiction and/or non-fiction (emphasis on non-fiction) From different time periods (at least one pre-20th century)

Of different styles Of different purposes Students will be expected to Follow sophisticated syntax and be comfortable with upper-level vocabulary Respond to diction, make inferences, and be familiar with modes of discourse and rhetorical strategies Be familiar with rhetorical terminology, be sensitive to irony and tone, and recognize components of organization and style Do NOT skip questions! Wrong answers are not counted against your score!

Multiple Choice Question Types Questions about rhetoric (diction, syntax, figurative language, point-of-view, etc.) comprise the majority of questions Questions about authors meaning and purpose and questions about main idea appear frequently Questions about organization and structure and rhetorical mode appear less frequently but still are important There are also OTHER TYPES but these

categories cover most questions Essays Essays are scored from a 1 (bad) to a 9 (freakishly brilliant) A score range of 5 to 7 is good though higher is better! Presentation developed by Catherine Hart Green Hope High School, Raleigh, NC Essay 1: Rhetorical Analysis

Involves the analysis of elements of STYLE This essay is NOT asking you what something means This essay is NOT asking you to summarize This essay IS asking you WHY the author uses various elements of style This essay IS asking you HOW an author makes literary CHOICES for a PURPOSE Essay 2: DRQ (argumentative) The prompt for this essay will provide you some kind of

assertion (this assertion may take many forms) Your task is to defend (agree), refute (disagree), or qualify (agree or disagree with reservations) this assertion You MUST include sophisticated evidence to support your response SHOW THAT YOU ARE WELL-ROUNDED! References to literature References to current events References to history

NOTE: Defend and refute are the easiest and clearest argumentative essays to write; we do NOT recommend that you attempt to qualify any assertion! TIP: Spend time this year watching the news and keeping up with current events! Essay 3: Synthesis The prompt will provide you with 5 or more resources (including non-verbal texts like photographs, advertisements, etc.)

You will be required not only to evaluate these resources but also to synthesize the information presented in the resources to create an argumentative essay

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