AP Lang: AP Practice Essay!


  • 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
  • ELAGSE11-12W8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will practice composing an AP-style DBQ essay.

Opening Session
Happy Friday before break! Let’s review the different types of essay questions that will be on your AP test, and then we’re going to practice writing one 🙂

Work Session
Today we are going to write an essay that comes with some sources! You might have practiced with Document-Based Questions, or DBQs, in history, and this is similar. For this essay on your AP test, you’re given a bunch of sources and asked to synthesize them and respond to a prompt using evidence.

You should cite 3ish of the sources given to you. Some of the sources might be things like a picture or chart. You can still cite that by describing it and putting (Source D) or whatever after you explain it. So don’t forget about those!!

Good luck! You’ll have about 55 minutes to write the essay – that’s 15 minutes to read the sources and 40 to write!

Closing Session
Trade your essay with a friend and grade according to the AP Rubric. We will share out our grades and I will ask you to defend how you marked your essay!

Formative (AP Practice essay)

scaffolding, learning style, interest

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