AP Lang Exam Prep

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.

I wanted to get this note up earlier today, but we were so busy during the District Tech meeting that I didn’t get a chance.

In addition to the tips below, I also just want to say that all of you will do great! Just remember how far you’ve come this year in terms of your analysis and writing skills. Don’t be afraid to showcase the voice you’ve developed all year long. Be funny, smart, personal, formal, brave. All of of you have tremendous reservoirs of knowledge in those noggins of yours. Tonight, review your notebook to keep all that knowledge fresh for tomorrow’s exam, especially for the open argument.

Remember, that you can go CFC or Classical for your organizational approach for the arguments (open and synthesis). For the Classical mode (similar to a 5-paragraph essay), use an open thesis, 2-3 body paragraphs, and don’t forget a concession to show the reader how reasonable you are. For the rhetorical analysis, you can either follow the passage and chunk each section, or if you see three major patterns or categories at work in the text, organize your paragraphs in that way instead.

Take a deep breath, get a good night’s sleep, come in for some breakfast munchies, and get pumped!  And with that, a classic pump up song from my era:

TIPS

  • Review the “tips” sheets you received in class this last week.
  • Review many of previous years’ exam essays and responses on the official College Board AP Lang Student Site.
  • Practice! This is a skills-based exam, so the more comfortable and adept you are at answering the prompts, the better off you’ll be.
  • Review the tips on multiple choice here.
  • Submit your pump-up song (on the blog).
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Come early on Wednesday to drop off your bags and share some sustenance with your fellow AP Lang’ers. Doors open in room 290 at 6:45.

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