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Ap language synthesis test strategy

  1. 1. AP Language SYNTHESIS Test Strategy Olson and Bailey
  2. 2. Reading Time <ul><li>You will be given 15 minutes to read all three essay prompts and corresponding passages. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan synthesis question first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhetorical Analysis second </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argument third </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After the 15 minutes you will be given 2 hours to write three essays </li></ul>
  3. 3. How your essays are scored 1 <ul><li>1 reader will score your essay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The reader reads your essay, gets an impression then scores it not often double checked </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three Basic Elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did the essay answer the question? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did the writer’s point remain clear? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did the writer use examples? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis requires three quotes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis requires quotes from text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Argument requires anecdotal evidence </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. How your essays are scored 2 <ul><li>Two extra elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Should be fluent and controlled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t have to be perfect but cannot compromise meaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be natural, write like yourself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the prompt and audience in mind </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use examples </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Synthesis Understanding <ul><li>The goal is to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ensure that you are able to present and support your argument. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate your ability to absorb, understand, and employ several sources on the same topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test your ability to correctly cite and integrate the sources into your argument </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Question Page <ul><li>Three sections on the question page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument. Avoid merely summarizing sources” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Which means bring in your own thoughts and examples </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makes general statements/Provides larger context </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May ask questions but it is not the prompt </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Question Page 2 <ul><li>Assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is the section that includes the prompt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic is usually in bold type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do what the prompt asks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WRITE DOWN YOUR OPINION THAT ANSWERS THE PROMPT BEFORE YOU READ THE SOURCES! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note examples that come to mind before reading </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cite by last name or “Source A” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Passages and Visuals <ul><li>Passage Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the source biased? (Look at source) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of Publication? Is it relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the position of the author in relation to the prompt’s task? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the original intended audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annotate Passage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis, Point of View </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Quotables” – A good turn of phrase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you going to summarize or DQ? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. FAQ <ul><li>Do I have to read all the passages? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No, not really but you must cite 3 passages and remember you are being evaluated on your judgment of supporting sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Should I use oppositional passages? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sure thing – Remember the models of argument (Rogerian, Toulmin, Classical) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do I have to use three different passages? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can use more than one quote from a passage and more than three in general </li></ul></ul>

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