What should you be reading? Facts do matter—understand the point of credibility

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What should you be reading?

Facts do matter—understand the point of credibility

Recognition, Happy Birthdays and Congratulations!

AP Language and Composition Tuesday, 9 May 2017

  • Time 15 school days remain in the spring semester.
  • Today’s Objective:
    • Quick essay reviews


  • Tomorrow’s the big day—good luck! See you in the morning.
    • Here’s what you’ll be doing on Thursday—I will be out
  • Paz de Christo is this Friday
    • Thanks Sage and Paige for volunteering!
  • Book returns
    • The Language of Composition
    • Any and all novels
  • Collect optional syntax/vocab assignment
  • Keep abreast of the Daily Course Calendar.
    • Last updated April 13

Coming Due—do not squander time—that’s the stuff life’s made of!

Today’s Class: exam essay reviews vocabulary log out?

  • AP Exam Essays—the essentials
    • Essay #1: Synthesis
      • 1.
      • 2.
      • 3.
    • Essay #2: Analysis
      • 1.
      • 2.
      • 3.
    • Essay #3: Argument
      • 1.
      • 2.
      • 3.

AP one-word scoring descriptors for timed writing essays:

  • Effective and Adequate Essays
  • A 9 is “unique”
  • An 8 is “sophisticated”
  • A 7 is “effective”
  • A 6 is “adequate”
  • A 5 is “uneven”
  • Ineffective Essays
  • A 4 is “inadequate”
  • A 3 is “unsuccessful”
  • A 2 is “confusing”
  • A 1 is “ugh?”


  • The 9-point rubric
  • The Anchor Papers—these are “samples”—responses vary
  • Camera Shots (these are worth 50 points)
  • Scoring…


  • Rhetoric:
    • The traditional definition of rhetoric, first proposed by Aristotle, and embellished over the centuries by scholars and teachers, is that rhetoric is the art of observing in any given case the “available means of persuasion.”
  • Close Reading:
    • Reading to “develop an understanding of a text, written or visual, that is based first on the words and images themselves and then on the larger ideas those words suggest.”
  • Rhetorical Analysis:
    • Defining an author’s purpose, then identifying and analyzing the techniques and strategies employed to achieve that purpose.

Whose idea was this rhetoric thing?

  • Socrates: 469-399 B.C.E.
    • Father of Western philosophy and Mentor to Plato. Epistemology and logic.
  • Plato: 424-348 B.C.E.
    • Student of Socrates and founder of “The Academy” Philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric and mathematics.
  • Aristotle: 384-322 B.C.E.
    • Student of Plato, and teacher to Alexander the Great.

Why Goals and Objectives?

  • Course Goal—broad, long-term
  • Daily Objective—accomplishing “pieces” of the “goal,” one step at a time

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