Wednesday, May 16 Morning We will be preparing as a class for the next month
Section I 55 Multiple Choice Questions 60 Minutes 45% of your score Section II 3 Essays 15 Minute reading, 120 minute writing (approximately 40 min/essay) 55% of your score
Multiple Choice and free response translated into composite scores Then composite scores are arranged into ranges for the final score AP Score Worksheet http://appass.com/calculators/englishlanguage
AP Exam scores are reported on a 5-point scale as follows: 5 Extremely well qualified* 4 Well qualified* 3 Qualified* 2 Possibly qualified* 1 No recommendation** *Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement **No recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement
Question 1: Synthesis Question 2: Rhetorical Analysis Question 3: Argument 15 minutes to read sources for synthesis (not allowed to write) 120 to write essays You monitor your own time
An argument based on source material Like a mini-research paper Synthesis = combining ideas to form a coherent whole The Gist: Read the sources Decide on a position Argue your side using sources for support Cite the sources
The following prompt is based on the accompanying six sources. This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. When you synthesize sources, you refer to them to develop your position and cite them accurately. Your argument should be central; the sources should support the argument. Avoid merely summarizing sources. Remember to attribute both direct and indirect references.
Will introduce you to the topic Give you background information before you start reading the sources
Read the following sources (including the introductory information) carefully. Then synthesize at least three of the sources into an essay that evaluates daylight saving time and offers a recommendation about its continued use. You may refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.) or by the descriptions in parentheses. Source A (Extra!) Source B (Longley) Source C (Prerau) Source D (graph) Source E (OConnor) Source F (Kotchen)
Often controversial current events Sources will present both sides Be careful about writing in an adamant tone that completely dismissed the other side of the argument Acknowledge the counterargument (show them youre open-minded)
15 minutes = focused skimming Mark each source with a + or – sign to indicate pro and con arguments Underline any quotes that standout to find quickly later Just a few per source, dont waste time marking everything Sources include visuals: charts, graphs, cartoons, pictures
After reading the sources, choose a position Positive, negative, qualify Choose at least three sources to use Maybe star the ones you like as you read Thesis statement should respond to the prompt and make your position clear
Must cite at least 3 of the sources You may refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.) or by the descriptions in parentheses. (Extra!) Safer to quote, rather than paraphrase Incorporate smoothly
Source A says, Women should be required to register for the draft. I agree with this statement. Source A says, Women should be required to register for the draft. This is a valid point. Source A says Women should be required to register for the draft, a valid point that emphasizes the inequality…
Women should be required to register for the draft, as Source A, in his discussion of the inequalities in the present system, argues with such clarity. Pointing out the obvious inequality in the current system, Source A argues that women should be required to register for the draft. The solution to this inequality is obvious: Women should be required to register for the draft (Source A).
Even if you paraphrase or summarize, you must cite the source. Ex: Some commentators have argued that one way to resolve the inequalities in the current system is to require women, as well as men, to register for the draft (Source A).
Read in groups of 3 or 4 For each essay, find and write down: Thesis statement Example of topic sentence Example of source attribution Give an AP score of 1 – 9 2 things the essay did well 2 things the essay could improve on
We will be writing a synthesis essay Today you will have the allotted 15 minutes to read the sources May not begin writing essay Jot down brief notes about sources + and – signs Which ones you might want to use Will have 40 minutes to write the essay tomorrow
Will write two synthesis essays Your peers will grade them on the AP scale You will choose which one you think is the strongest to turn in Will either count as the essay for your final exam or as a fourth major grade if you are exempt from the final exam
AP Synthesis Timed Writing Today Write your student ID # on your paper DO NOT write your name Essay will serve as one choice for your final exam essay We will begin writing as soon as the bell rings
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