AP Lang: Practice Essay!


  • 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
  • ELAGSE11-12W10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will practice writing AP-style essays using old AP prompts.

Opening Session
Let’s review the AP Grading rubric again! There is one on the wall and you should have one in your binders as well.

Work Session
And now let’s try it! I’ve got an essay prompt for you from an old AP Lang exam, and you will have 40 minutes to write the essay.

When we are done writing the essays, everyone should trade with a friend and grade them according to the AP Rubric. I may call on you to defend the grade you’ve given, so be ready for that!

Closing Session
After we grade each other’s essays, let’s look at a couple of exemplar essays and see how the AP readers marked them. Then, reflect on how you and our class marked essays versus how the AP readers did. Were you easier? Harsher? What was helpful? What was strange?

Formative (AP Essay)

Scaffolding, learning style, interest

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