AP Lang: Synthesis Essay Practice

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can write an AP-style synthesis essay.

Opening Session: AP Synthesis Essay Basics

Work Session: Today we’re going to do some very specific AP Test Practice for your exam next Wednesday!!

Remember, you need to be here at 7:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 16th for your exam. DO NOT BE LATE!!! We will start without you!!!!

I’m going to give you a prompt and passage and then put some timers on the board. We’re going to break your 40 minutes down like this for the essay:

  • 2 minutes: Read the prompt and figure out what it’s asking you to do.
  • 10 minutes: Choose a side in the argument and read the sources. Mark the parts of the sources you feel will be most useful in building your argument.
  • 5 minutes: Outline, brainstorm, or mind-map to prepare to write.
  • 20 minutes: Write the essay based on your prewriting.
  • 3 minutes: Proofread and correct any errors you find.

Please try and follow the timers, but remember you will not be constrained to them – or helped by them – on the test day. So if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it on the test. And if you DO like it, you’ll need to look at the clock yourself during the test.

Closing Session: I’ll collect and redistribute your essays, then you guys should grade according to the AP Rubric. Then find your essay’s owner and return it 🙂

Assessment: Essays will be graded on the AP rubric

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: STUDY for the AP Test!

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