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We’re Going to Take a Test!

  • What will it be like?

Format: Check APCentral.com for a TON more info on this

  • About the Exam
  • The three-hour and fifteen-minute exam usually consists of a one-hour multiple-choice section and a two-hour and fifteen-minute free-response section.
  • Section I: Multiple-Choice (worth 45% of total score)
  • The multiple-choice questions test your ability to read closely and analyze the rhetoric of prose passages. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
  • Section II: Free-Response (worth 55% of the total score)
  • After a fifteen-minute reading period, you'll have two hours write three essays to demonstrate your skill in composition. Free response questions require close reading, thoughtful rhetorical analysis, and purposeful argumentation, and include a synthesis question that tests your ability to effectively make an argument of your own by combining and citing several supplied sources, including at least one visual source.

Rhetorical Devices – Huh?

  • You likely already know many rhetorical devices:
  • metaphors, alliteration, suspense…
  • Why do writers use these strategies?

Check it out!! You’ll want to write this down…

  • Please go to the following website tonight:
  • http://rhetoric.byu.edu/
  • There are trees (strategies) and flowers (devices) there.
  • Make sure you have a sense of what both of those are…

Types of Essays - all in 2 hours and 15 minutes

Scores -

  • Essays count for 55%
  • Multiple Choice is 45%
  • Essays: 9 + 7 + 6 = 22 x 3.05 = 67
  • Multiple Choice: 30 x 1.25 = 37
  • TOTAL: 104
  • College Board decides cutoffs for the year
  • > 106 = 5
  • 94 - 105 = 4
  • In the last few minutes, fill in blank bubbles.

What will we do IN class?

  • Mondays
    • Business - go over weekly readings
    • Current Events Discussion: analyze for rhetorical devices
  • Tuesdays
    • Mini-Essays (typed approx 400 words) Due and quick share
    • 2 Rhetorical Device Lessons/Games (led by you!)
    • Levine mini-lesson (related to this week’s reading)
    • Activity
  • Thursdays
    • Class Discussions
    • Discuss essays (peer editing, analysis)
    • Writing time and/or reading time.

What is the expectation for homework in this class?

  • Current Events: due Mondays
  • Mini essays: due Tuesdays
  • Major Essays: due some Thursdays
  • Essay Reading: each night on a weekly schedule (at least three essays a week)
  • Independent Reading: due after each vacation

An Overview

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • In Class
  • Analyze current events for rhetorical strategies
  • Student-led rhetorical device game/lesson (x2)
  • Levine mini-lesson
  • Activity
  • Discussions
  • In class writing
  • Peer editing
  • Reading
  • What is due?
  • A hard copy of an article and a completed notecard
  • Mini-Essay
  • Major Essay (sometimes – 5 or 6 per semester)
  • Ongoing Assignments
  • Completing Independent Reading assignment / Reading assigned essays from textbooks (3/week)

Current Events:

  • Each Monday you must bring an article to class about a current event.
  • You must also bring an index card regarding your article. See next slide for details.
  • You must bring a hard copy of your article (printed offline or from a newspaper)
  • Ideally, we will cover local, national and international issues each week. I’m also hoping we will find a variety of features, long-form stories, blog articles, and editorials. We will see how the balance of articles plays out naturally. If we find ourselves with an imbalance of these types of writing and topics, I will organize our searches.

Monday Index Cards

  • MLA Formatted Index Card
  • Cite your article
  • Two sentence summary
  • Three discussion topics connected with the rhetorical devices in your article

Tuesday Mini Essays

  • Every week you will type a 400 word essay. You will turn it in at the beginning of class. Print before class.
  • 1.5 spaced / Size 12 / Times New Roman
  • The types and topics will vary according to the lessons we are doing at the moment.
  • Some weeks the essay will be a revision of one you wrote previously (you will choose which ones to revise based on feedback from your peers, self-reflection, and my comments.)

Essay Structures

  • Narrative
  • Definition
  • Compare Contrast
  • Persuasive
  • Cause and Effect

Tuesday Rhetorical Devices Game

  • Each Tuesday, 2 sets of partners in our class will lead us through 2 different games on 2 rhetorical devices. You must come to class prepared to lead the charge.
    • Get us out of our seats or out of the classroom. Make us remember what the device is and how it is used in literature.
    • Create a visual representation of the device for our classroom wall.
    • Provide examples of the device.
  • After your game and on Thursdays, we will try to use your device as much as possible.

Independent Reading

  • August - September 26th: Non-fiction
    • Non-fiction choice due next Friday
  • Sept. - November 14th: Canonical Literary Work
  • Nov. - January 9th: Memoir / Biography / Autobiography
  • Jan. - March 20th: Fiction
  • Post- Exam: Read a book together


  • On the Tuesdays when your independent reading book is due, we will play our Literary Device Game . Then we will go on a Walk-Talk…


  • Thursdays we will be focusing on the essays we are reading and the essay structures we are learning.
  • Discussions!
  • Readings!
  • Writing!

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