TIPS FOR TOMORROW:
* Take 5-10 minutes to plan/outline. Worth it.
–Respond directly & completely to the prompt. You can use some language from prompt, but don’t restate it exactly. AP = answer the prompt (not just what you want to answer!)
–Title and author
–No random praise – get into the text
- Do you need to focus in on a particular aspect of the text to get to your thesis? If so, introduce those points here.
–THESIS. What will you be arguing?
–1 – 2 paragraph is okay. Try to offer 3 specific supporting examples.
–NO PLOT SUMMARY!
–Analysis, analysis, analysis… focus on AUTHOR INTENT. “Ellison does this to…” or “This motif highlights the narrator’s journey from… to …”. Always be answering the “so what?”
–Not about the reader. Stay focused on the text.
–Never have to explain a literary term or movement (though you can say what aspect of a movement you’re referring to) – essay always being read by an English teacher.
–Offer some kind of concluding thought, as a new paragraph, even if it is only a sentence!
–Leave the reader thinking! Tie back to thesis, but then extend. Why does this matter, what does this text accomplish?
This AP Literature & Composition class is a college-level survey course that requires extensive reading, deep thinking, and high-level analytical writing. You are in this class by choice AND by teacher recommendation.