AP Lang: Practice AP Testing

Standards

  • 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
  • ELAGSE11-12W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI1 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. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10). Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will practice answering AP-style selected response questions and writing an AP-style essay.

Opening Session

Grab the essay skeleton from yesterday!

While you’re doing that, I’m going to show you a little summary video for the book you’re going to be reading over the weekend:

Work Session
We’re going to start today with some more AP Test practice. I’ve got a set of AP Multiple Choice questions for everyone and I want you guys to take about 20 minutes to complete them. I know that’s fast!! But we need to have enough time to finish the next assignment…

A practice AP Essay! As soon as you’re done with the questions or the 20 minute timer goes off, grab a copy of today’s AP essay practice prompt. This prompt is question 3 from last year. You can write on the page (there’s some room on the front and the whole back) and you must have your entire essay completed by the end of class!

This essay is an argument essay, so you will be taking a side and defending your position. Usually the prompt asks if you agree or disagree with a statement presented to you in a short paragraph, and then you have to defend whichever side you choose.

Closing Session
Trade papers with a neighbor and grade their essay based on the AP rubric. I know it’s tempting to give your friend an automatic 9, but I want you to actually read the essay, figure out where it falls on the rubric, and then talk about strengths and weaknesses with your neighbor.
Turn in your essays on the way out!

Assessment
Formative (questions and essay graded together as a class)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolded prompt, varied essay length)

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