AP Lang: Essay Practice!


  • ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will learn how to write a timed AP-style essay and familiarize themselves with the 9-point AP Rubric.

Opening Session
Review from yesterday: What is hysteria? How did we see hysteria in yesterday’s reading?

Work Session
Today we’re going to be talking pretty specifically about the AP Lang exam that I hope you’re all planning to take in May. On the AP exam, 55% of your score (yes, more than half!) will come from 3 essays you must write in 2 hours and 15 minutes total. That gives you 40 minutes per essay, with about 15 minutes left over for reading the prompts and sources.

There are three types of essays. We’re going to talk about type number 2 today, the rhetorical analysis essay. For this essay, you will be given a short text and asked to analyze how the author uses their text to achieve their purpose.

I’ve got a copy of the 2017 rhetorical analysis prompt for everyone, and I’m going to write and talk my way through writing this essay with you guys. I’ll do it on the board and ask for audience participation, and when the essay is done, I’ll upload it to the class blog.

Closing Session
To end the day, I’m going to pass around a copy of the 9-point AP rubric to everyone. Your AP Essays are graded on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being pretty much abysmal and 9 being super awesome. Criteria are noted on the rubric. (You’ll note that on the back of the rubric is a lovely essay skeleton you can use to get an idea of how an essay might

Take a look at the essay I wrote on the board and give me a grade on the AP rubric! Write a short paragraph explaining why specifically you’ve assigned that grade to my essay – don’t give me a 9 just because I’m pretty, but look at the writing, judge it, and explain WHY!

Formative (class composition of the essay)

Process (scaffolding, varied learning styles)

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