Key points from q& a's with ap readers correctedPresentation Transcript
Notice that it’sYOUR position! Also, readerswant to see all three types of ways to integrate sources (thinkresearch paper notecards)
Notice that the Chief Reader stresses that HIGH-SCORING ESSAYS focus on issues surrounding a topic— and the student’s claim about those issues and their impact on a community. This is what can be done regardless of the synthesis topic!
Pay attention to the fact that saying something is “good” or “bad”, no matter how fancy the diction, will impress the readers. They want to see the impact and ramifications of the issue based on theinformation at hand from the sources to make your decision Notice that they don’t want to see SUMMARY, QUOTE, OR PARAPHRASE WITHOUT YOUR ARGUMENT: Can you say “because”?
I hope you see a pattern here: if you don’t address the issues, only restate the infofrom the sources, don’t develop an originalclaim, or use a five-paragraph formula, you will make them think you are NOT A COLLEGE-LEVEL THINKER OR WRITER! OUCH for you. Now it’s time to put the 5- paragraph essay where it belongs—in an grave labeled “FAIL”!!
Rhetorical Analysis Notice that if you apply the SOAPSTone, you are halfway there on addressing the prompt; the second half depends on explaining how the writer achieved the purpose. The rhetorical terms (unless specified in the prompt) don’t drive the response: recognizing how a writer develops a claim should.
Argumentative Essay You have a problem if you completely misread the prompt: adversity and advertising—read carefully! Do you see how this prompt, similarly to synthesis, requires you to examine a broader perspective?
The lesson: don’t frighten your APExam readers with your freakiness! Remember that ONLY on a prompt like this can you use 1st person “I” and ONLY in one detail of one sentence.
Again, they DON’T LIKE THE 5-PARAGRAPH FORMULA
I hope you see that just STATING your stance(agree, disagree, or qualify) on the claim is not sufficient—you MUST connect your examples (evidence) to your stance on the claim.