AP Lang: Essay Practice, Reading Act II


  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will practice writing an AP Style essay and then read Act II of The Crucible.

Opening Session
Grab the AP Essay Skeleton from last week and read over it quickly, then get out a sheet of paper!

Work Session
It’s time for 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.

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!

Closing Session
With whatever time we have left after we finish our essays, get with your table and read Act II of The Crucible.

Formative (Peer-graded essay)

Process (Scaffolding; varied essay length)

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