Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Literature?

Focus: What do we want to know about the AP Literature exam?

1. Warm-up: Charlie's poetry project

2. Engaging in a little Q&A about the AP exam
  • In section one, how many multiple choice questions are there?
  • How much time do we have to answer them?
  • How many passages can we expect to read in the multiple choice section?
  • Are the passages mostly poems or mostly prose?
  • Are the passages mostly modern or mostly traditional?
  • Should we try to answer every single question?
  • What percentage of our AP score is the multiple choice section worth?
  • About how much money is spent on creating the average multiple choice question?
  • How many essays do we write in the second section of the test?
  • How much time do we have to write these essays?
  • Do I have to write the essays in order?
  • For the open prompt, do I have to pick a book from the list?
  • Who grades the AP tests?

3. Offering you some thoughts about A.P. Language essays vs. A.P. Literature essays

4. Taking a look at the essays (called "free responses") from the past three years and discussing strategies


Finish reading and annotating Invisible Man for Monday; bring your laptop to class if you have one.  Also, I strongly suggest rereading the Prologue once you've finished the book.

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