AP Lang Review Notes

Q1: Synthesis Essay Notes

Q2: Analysis Essay Notes

Q3: Argument Essay Notes


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AP Lang: Synthesis Essay prompt w/ color images

As you write your Childhood Obesity essay, you may wish to review this document so that you can more easily read and understand the images from pg. 22-23.

You can also find this document on the Writing Prompts page.

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Rhetorical Analysis Checklist: AP Lang 4/6/18

  1. Open the checklist here
  2. Sign in to Google
  3. Make a copy of the checklist and save it to your drive. Give it a unique name so that you can find it again later!
  4. Review your essay and check off each item IF it applies. (A little trick: drag the tab with the checklist all the way to the right to split your screen; select the essay as the left side. Then you can work on both documents at once.)
    1. If a checklist item does not apply to your essay, edit, rewrite, recast until it does.
  5. When 5 minutes remain in the period, print your corrected essay AND the checklist. Staple them together–essay on top–and turn them in.
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MLA Notes

MLA Formatting

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Materials for Tuesday 2/20

English IV: Peer Editing Criteria for your definition essays

Science Fiction: “Harrison Bergeron” questions (based on Shmoop.com)

  1. What is the central message of this story? What does Kurt Vonnegut want readers to think or feel after reading?
  2. How do you define equality? Are the citizens of the United States in 2081 truly “equal”? How about citizens today?
  3. Did Harrison’s rebellion accomplish anything?
  4. Why was Harrison able to break the basic laws of gravity after freeing himself from handicaps? Why would the author choose to do this?
  5. Why aren’t George and Hazel more affected by seeing the death of their son on TV? Is this a blessing or a curse?
  6. If Harrison were allowed to declare himself Emperor, how do you think he would have changed society? Would it have been better, worse, or the same? Consider criteria for Utopias vs Dystopias.
  7. What handicaps does society impose on people today? Are all talented people encouraged to develop their talents? If so, how? If not, why not?

AP Lang: Guide for taking notes on Dr. Strangelove
Note the following items as you watch, focusing only on those items that have a significant effect. Make sure you are, first and foremost, paying attention to the film and the way it is constructed.

  1. Names of characters–leaving room to add key traits and actions
  2. Allusions
  3. Any literary or rhetorical devices they notice
  4. Irony and other elements of satire
  5. Filmmaking techniques that help with satire or significantly affect tone
    1. Camera angles, focus, and movement
    2. Acting/ casting choices
    3. Light and shadow
    4. Editing (length of individual shots, pacing)
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