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AP Language GENERAL ARGUMENT Test Strategy. Olson and Bailey. A Value Question. What are your values? What do you think society should value? What should a moral, thoughtful, or reflective society consider its most important strengths?. The Basics.

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Ap language general argument test strategy

AP Language GENERAL ARGUMENT Test Strategy

Olson and Bailey


A value question

A Value Question

  • What are your values?

  • What do you think society should value?

  • What should a moral, thoughtful, or reflective society consider its most important strengths?


The basics

The Basics

  • The prompt is set-up by a passage of some length, long or short.

  • The passage provides an opinion

  • You must agree, disagree, or qualify based on your own experience and reading

  • Plan this essay first


Recent topics

Recent Topics

  • How do blogs and radio talk shows encourage or discourage the democratic process

  • How US wealth could be better used to foster development in emerging countries

  • Whether US society pries too much into lives of private citizens

  • Whether money can purchase justice

  • Charitable acts and their motivations


Identify the claim

Identify the Claim

  • Understand the claim being made

  • Need to perceive the larger social context and express feelings about it

  • Use examples from your own experience


Starting the essay

Starting the Essay

  • Critically read the passage and underline anything that clearly defines the author’s claim

  • Set forth your immediate reaction to the issue in a few words –ADQ

  • List viable, thoughtful examples you can use to help illustrate your argument

    • Examples in the essay should be included with elaboration and commentary, identifying their relevance to and importance in your argument.


Sample list

Sample List

  • Create a sample list of works and experiences to draw upon when you are considering your argument

    • Books, movies, TV shows, current events, history lessons, personal experiences

  • Example: American obsession with wealth

    • The Great Gatsby, Madoff scandal, The Color of Money, Wall Street, Federal Bailout, Golden Age, European Colonization


Writing the essay

Writing the Essay

  • Identify and restate the fundamental claim and then indicate to the grader whether you intend to agree, disagree, or qualify

  • Be clear in the discussion of positives and negatives

  • Presentation of evidence with commentary about quality and meaning

  • Summarizing statement

    Remember: Formulate Opinion - Explain Evidence Finish the Essay


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