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There were typically four kinds of mistakes on the Question #3 Argument Essay Feedback from the readers of the AP Language and Composition Exam• First, students often asserted positions withoutproviding any kind of support, beginningand ending their essays with claims such as,“Advertising has no effects on students” or“School should be a safe place that is free ofcorporate influence,” without giving Readersany reasons to believe these claims to be valid ortrue. Mrs. Scruggs
*Second, in an attempt to understandthe complexity of this issue andevaluate argumentson both sides, some students failed todevelop a position of their own.• Third, some students who presenteda position offered evidence that wassketchy, imprecise, or only looselyconnected with the issue. Thisquestion, in particular, did notlend itself well to literary examples.
Fourth, the question specificallyasked students to evaluate bothsides of the issue as theydeveloped their position;unfortunately, some fairly well-written arguments addressed onlyone side. Some essays made atoken attempt to address opposingviews but presentedthem in an abbreviated anddistorted way.
What AP Readers Suggest You Should Do* Students should address the specific prompt. Some prompts mayask students to do more than develop a one-sided argument on atopic.* A creditable argument follows a sincere effort to understanddiverse points of view, to appreciate the reasons behind variouspositions, and to comprehend the various interests at stake.Demonstrating the willingness and ability to engage in thisimportant “receptive” stage of argumentation is crucial toestablishing credible academic ethos.
What AP Readers Suggest You Should Do* A sound argument differs from themere assertion of an opinion, regardless ofthe degree of passion that goes into thatassertion. An argument provides evidenceand reasons in support of its position.http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap08_eng_lang_qa.pdf