rhetoric (The Gorgias), Socratic definition of purpose, Aristotle’s definition, Invention (Discovery), Arrangement, and Style, The Special Topics, The means and modes of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos, Modern Connection: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Tuesday AM Session: Reasoning and Organization (Big Idea #3), Basic structure (balanced approach): Concession/acknowledgment, Confirmation/refutation, Conclusion/peroration; Core strategy: Discovering arguments, Special topics, Stock issue analysis, Comparative advantage analysis, Cost-benefit analysis, Rogerian model; The argumentative thesis: Definition, Comparison, Relationship, Circumstance, Testimony; Argumentative strategies: Point by point, Ethos-Logos-Pathos, Narrative-descriptive, Satire/irony, Ethical Argument; Working with synthesis question: Large task applications, Short task applications, Various assignments; Writing the synthesis essay: Reviewing old AP prompts, Evaluating the synthesis essay, Reviewing the 2018 synthesis essay prompts PM Session : Style (Big Idea #4), Rhetorical approaches to language, Connecting How to Why, Major and minor rhetorical strategies, Assignments: Words Matter assignments, Reading empathetically, Reading rhetorically, Practice AP prompts, Everything ends in an essay, Toulmin summaries (precis), Quick debates, Seminars, Peer review, Imitation exercises, Chapbooks, Dialectical journals Wednesday AM Session: Rhetorical Analysis (Seeing the organic unity of the big ideas); The Rhetorical Triangle: What it is and why it matters; Writing the rhetorical analysis essay, Beginning with purpose, Seeing audience movement, Aligning rhetorical strategies to purpose, Writing efficient topic sentences, Developing support and commentary; Evaluating rhetorical analysis essays; Reviewing old RA prompts; Reviewing the 2018 RA essays PM Session: Working with Objective Questions; Developing rhetorical knowledge; Refocusing student reading toward rhetorical analysis; Using old AP objective sections; Practice strategies; Materials for practice (available AP exams) Thursday AM Session: Book talks: sharing new books and how to teach them PM Session: Working with AP Central: Getting the syllabus through the audit process, Material support, Group discussion boards; Young, Becker, and Pike on Particle, Wave, and Field writing; Summer reading; Discovering and maintaining standards; The necessity of vertical teaming; Introducing pre-AP concepts to lower grades; Developing a community spirit; Expanding your professional horizons; Miscellaneous items; Final thoughts and evaluation Until his retirement in 2011 from the Winston-Salem school system, Bob taught for 34 years in several locations, including eight years abroad in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools system in Mannheim, Germany.
He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University (BA) and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA).
It tests students on their reading comprehension, rhetorical analysis, synthesis of information, and written argumentation.
The English Language and Composition exam is one of the longer AP exams, clocking in at 3 hours and 15 minutes from start to finish. The first section is one hour long and is comprised of 55 multiple-choice questions worth 45% of your score.
As of this writing, many of those changes remain in their planning stages so our discussions of them will depend on how timely College Board will be in releasing their materials.
This may include deleting material from this agenda and substituting new material “on the fly” as it were.
These prompts are each of a different type: one synthesis question, one passage analysis, and one argumentative essay.
The synthesis question asks students to consider a scenario and then formulate a response to a specific element of it using at least three accompanying sources for support.
It is most often taken by high school juniors, many of whom go on to take the English Literature and Composition AP their senior year.
Plenty of seniors and even sophomores take this test too though, contributing to its popularity.