Writing Prompts, Reading Tools, & Misc. Handouts

Writing Prompts

  • Semester 1: Essays serve as diagnostics and introductions to the modes required for the AP Language exam
    • Essay 1: Horace Argumentative Essay (2009 FRQ3)
    • Essay 2: Gatsby Editorial Response to K. Schulz (Argument)
    • Essay 3: Rhetorical Analysis of Albright Speech (2018 FRQ2)
    • Essay 4: Nature (modified Synthesis based on FRQ1)
  • Semester 2: Closer focus on the three modes and intensive timed-write practice to prepare for the exam
    • Essay 5: Education Reform (Research and Persuasion)
    • Essay 6: Synthesis Essay 2015 (FRQ 1)
      • Note: The 1st draft is a TIMED WRITE. If you are making it up outside of class time, please set a timer for 50 minutes and do not read the prompt or do any additional writing outside of that time frame.
    • “Weeks of Doom”
      • Essay 7: Argument #1 “Artifice”
      • Essay 8: Argument #2 “Disobedience”
      • Essay 9: Synthesis #1 Libraries
      • Essay 10: Synthesis #2 Eminent Domain
      • Essay 11: Rhetorical Analysis #1 Esther Burr Rhetorical Analysis
      • Essay 12: Rhetorical Analysis #2 Debra Marquart Rhetorical Analysis
      • Essay 13: Choice Essay
        • Select a prompt from the packet (the most difficult type for you is the best choice) and write an essay in the allotted time.

 

Reading Tools

Handouts and Guides

 

 

Last Year’s Prompts:

  • Essay 5: Fishbowl Synthesis (prompts available in class only)
    • GM Foods, Teacher Pay, or 14th Amendment
  • Essay 6: Satire Rhetorical Analysis
  • Essays 7-8: ACT Practice (Argumentative Essays)
  • Essay 9: Esther Burr Rhetorical Analysis
  • Essay 10: Scott Russell Sanders Rhetorical Analysis
  • Essay 11: Queen Elizabeth I Rhetorical Analysis
  • Essay 12: Abraham Lincoln Rhetorical Analysis
  • Essay 13: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Analysis
  • Essay 14: Synthesis- Childhood Obesity
  • Essay 15: Argument- “Artifice”