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AP Lang Ms. Neill 4/28/14. Testing Strategies. Entrance Ticket. In your blue book, rank the four sections of the AP test from your strongest to your weakest: MCQs, synthesis essay, rhetorical analysis essay, argument essay

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entrance ticket
Entrance Ticket
  • In your blue book, rank the four sections of the AP test from your strongest to your weakest:
    • MCQs, synthesis essay, rhetorical analysis essay, argument essay
  • Explain why you feel confident about your strongest section (1-2 sentences).
  • Explain why you feel confused about your weakest section. What questions do you have about it? (1-2 sentences)
plan for the week
Plan for the Week
  • Taking a full practice test starting tomorrow
  • MCQs tomorrow
  • Reading period and 1 essay Wednesday
  • 2 essays Thursday
  • Survey and PARTY Friday! (You'll deserve one, and that's also my last day here.)
today s agenda
Today's Agenda
  • Presentation on testing strategies
  • Quiz game on testing strategies
  • Focus groups
    • Targeted review of your weakest area
    • If we have time: Creation of “cheat sheets”
  • ET: 1 specific strategy you learn/re-learn today
  • Snaps!
presentation on testing strategies
Presentation on Testing Strategies
  • Take notes on this presentation.
  • Follow along on your notes sheet and fill in all of the blanks.
  • You may use these notes during the quiz game.
overall the test
Overall: The Test
  • 55 MCQs in 60 minutes (45% of your score)
  • 2 hours for 3 essays: synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argument (55% of your score)
mcqs what they look like
MCQs: What They Look Like

Directions:

This section consists of selections of literature and questions on their content, style, and form. After you have read each passage, select the response that best answers the question and mark the corresponding space on the answer sheet.

5 answer choices for each question:

only 1 right answer

mcqs reading
MCQs: Reading
  • Read context
  • Read question and figure out what part of the passage you need to look at
  • 5 lines above, 5 lines below
  • Come up with YOUR answer based on the reading
mcqs answering
MCQs: Answering
  • Read answers to match with YOURS
  • Eliminate 1 silly answer
  • Eliminate 1 I-don't-know-what-this-means answer
synthesis essay reading
Synthesis Essay: Reading
  • Read prompt + underline MAIN POINT
  • Notice WHO or WHAT the prompt asks about
  • Skim 7 sources
    • Read titles
    • Read topic sentences
    • Read last sentence
  • Pick 3 sources you understand (0-1 counterargument sources)
synthesis essay writing
Synthesis Essay: Writing
  • Intro
    • Hook, context, thesis
  • Bodies (3)
    • Transition + claim
    • Evidence
    • Explanation of evidence
    • Relating evidence EXPLICITLY to thesis
  • Conclusion
    • Recap
    • Significance statement
rhetorical analysis what it looks like
Rhetorical Analysis: What It Looks Like
  • The passage below is from Last Child in the Woods (2008) by Richard Louv. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-developed essay, analyze the rhetorical strategies Louv uses to develop his argument about the separation between people and nature. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.
rhetorical analysis reading
Rhetorical Analysis: Reading
  • Read directions.
  • Find description of author's argument topic

The passage below is from Last Child in the Woods (2008) by Richard Louv. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-developed essay, analyze the RHETORICAL STRATEGIES Louv uses to develop his argument about THE SEPARATION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND NATURE. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.

  • Read passage + skim for rhetorical strategies
rhetorical analysis content
Rhetorical Analysis: Content

What are the rhetorical strategies you should look for?

  • Use of specific syntax (sentence structure)
  • Use of light/serious/funny tone
  • Use of specific words (diction)
  • Use of literary devices (simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole)
  • Use of mode (narration, description, process analysis, comparison, definition, causal analysis, etc.)
rhetorical analysis writing
Rhetorical Analysis: Writing
  • Intro
    • Hook, context, thesis: Louv uses X, Y, and Z to...
  • Bodies (2-3)
    • [Transition and] Claim: Louv uses X to...
    • Evidence: quote
    • Explanation of quote
    • Connection to thesis
  • Conclusion
    • Recap
    • Significance statement
argument what it looks like
Argument: What It Looks Like
  • Consider the distinct perspectives expressed in the following statements.
  • “If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.” -William Lyon Phelps, American educator, journalist, and professor (1865–1943)
  • “I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.” -Bertrand Russell, British author, mathematician, and philosopher (1872–1970)
  • In a well-organized essay, take a position on the relationship between certainty and doubt. Support your argument with appropriate evidence and examples.
argument reading
Argument: Reading
  • Read context
  • Read directions
  • Pick thesis
  • Jot down ideas for observations/readings to back you up
argument writing
Argument: Writing
  • Intro
    • Hook, context, thesis (takes a CLEAR SIDE)
  • Bodies (2-3)
    • Claim
    • Evidence
    • Explanation of evidence
    • Explanation and refutation of counterargument
    • Relation to thesis
  • Conclusion
    • Summary
    • CALL TO ACTION
overall strategies
Overall Strategies
  • ANSWER THE QUESTION
    • Remember to tailor your essay answers to the question they've asked... not an interesting related topic
  • If you get stuck...
    • Take a deep breath and re-read
    • Skip and come back
    • Play to your STRENGTHS
once again
Once again...

ANSWER THE QUESTION THEY ASK YOU!

On the synthesis essay... if they ask you to consider effects on an “imaginary community...” mention the community!

On the rhetorical analysis essay... if they ask you to analyze rhetorical strategies that the author uses to develop her purpose of SAYING DRAGONS ARE THE BEST, make sure you talk about how she shows that dragons are the best!

quiz game
QUIZ GAME!
  • Pairs
  • Whiteboard: fastest + most correct answer gets the point
  • Alternate whiteboard writer
  • Don't speak to other teams negatively
after you figure out what part of the passage an mcq applies to what s your next step1
After you figure out what part of the passage an MCQ applies to, what's your next step?

Go read 5 lines above and 5 lines below that line in the passage

name two types of answers you can always eliminate from the mcqs1
Name two types of answers you can always eliminate from the MCQs.

Silly answer

I-don't-even-know-what-that-means answer

what s the most very important thing you have to do on every section ever1
What's the most very important thing you have to do on every section ever?

ANSWER THE QUESTION THEY ASKED YOU TO ANSWER

name three rhetorical strategies1
Name three “rhetorical strategies.”

Tone

Diction

Syntax

Mode

Literary devices: simile, personification, metaphor, hyperbole

fill in the blanks a nalyze the the author uses to about x
Fill in the blanks:Analyze the______________ the author uses to ____________________________________ about X.

(This is the rhetorical analysis essay prompt.)

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Fill in the blanks:Analyze the rhetorical strategies the author uses to develop his/her argument about X.

(This is the rhetorical analysis essay prompt.)

what needs to be included in a rhetorical analysis bp list the four most important things1
What needs to be included in a rhetorical analysis BP? List the four most important things.

Claim

Evidence

Explanation of evidence

Relation of evidence explicitly to thesis

longer question what does your thesis need to include in the rhetorical analysis essay1
[longer question] What does your thesis need to include in the rhetorical analysis essay?

Louv uses the narrative mode, specific diction, and elaborate syntax to develop his argument about the separation of people and nature.

  • Short description of rhetorical strategies
  • Short description of author's argument
what are the three essays1
What are the three essays?

Synthesis

Rhetorical analysis

Argument

what 4 things should you do before you write the argument essay1
What 4 things should you do before you write the argument essay?

READ the context

READ the directions

PICK a thesis/side

JOT DOWN ideas for evidence

what three things can you use as evidence in the argument essay1
What three things can you use as evidence in the argument essay?

Observations of life

Personal experiences

Readings/texts

in the argument essay what s the number one thing your thesis needs to do1
In the argument essay, what's the number one thing your thesis needs to do?

Take a clear position on the topic

name the 3 things that come after your evidence in each paragraph of the argument essay1
Name the 3 things that come AFTER your evidence in each paragraph of the argument essay.

Explanation of evidence

Explanation and refutation of counterargument

Relation back to thesis

how do you pick those sources by skimming the sources for 3 things1
How do you pick those sources? By skimming the sources for... (3 things)

Topic sentences, titles, last sentences

what s the 1 most important thing to do in an essay1
What's the #1 most important thing to do in an essay?

ANSWER THE QUESTION THEY ASKED YOU TO ANSWER

what are the two things you need to do to include and cite a quote properly
What are the two things you need to do to include and cite a quote properly?

(last question before bonus round!)

what are the two things you need to do to include and cite a quote properly1
What are the two things you need to do to include and cite a quote properly?

Use quotation marks

Attribute the quote to the author or Source X

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Bonus Round: What's more important in the synthesis essay: writing a conclusion or writing a 3rd body paragraph?

3rd body paragraph! You need that evidence!

bonus round if you don t recognize a word on the mcqs should you consider picking it as the answer
Bonus Round: If you don't recognize a word on the MCQs, should you consider picking it as the answer?
bonus round if you don t recognize a word on the mcqs should you consider picking it as the answer1
Bonus Round: If you don't recognize a word on the MCQs, should you consider picking it as the answer?

No! Not unless you've eliminated every other choice decisively.

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Bonus Round: If you read through the 3 essays and you feel really good about one and really awful about one, which one should you write first?

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Bonus Round: If you read through the 3 essays and you feel really good about one and really awful about one, which one should you write first?

The one you feel good about! Play to your strengths!

focus groups
Focus Groups
  • 3-4 people at each table: pick your weakest area.
  • MCQs: center column
  • Rhetorical analysis: front of room by windows
  • Argument: back of room by windows
  • Synthesis: front of room by computers
focus groups1
Focus Groups
  • Outline an answer to the sample question as a group.
  • SHOW YOUR WORK on the paper. You will present your process to the class.
  • [next slide for group procedure]
focus groups procedure
Focus Groups Procedure
  • Tallest person in the group reads the question.
  • Person to their left says what the group needs to do first to answer that question.
  • Person to their left accepts or vetoes that idea.
  • Person to their left says the second step, and so on until you have a complete outline/finished MCQ.
  • Remember—EACH OF YOU—SHOW YOUR WORK on your paper.
focus groups2
Focus Groups
  • Together, write a “cheat sheet” on chart paper
  • Must include at least 3 specific steps/things to remember when answering the question
  • ESSAY GROUPS: Include the components of the essay (intro and what's in it, 3 BPs and what's in them, etc.)
  • These will be posted to help you this week
important
Important!
  • Your compare/contrast essays are due tomorrow at 10:02am.
  • Late essays will NOT be accepted because I'm leaving Friday and need to grade them before then.
  • You may revise synthesis essay 3 OR 4 (not both) by THURSDAY.
exit ticket
Exit Ticket
  • Write down 1 strategy that you know better now than you did before class today.
  • Write down 2 *specific* goals you have for the AP test this week.
    • Example: I will relate all evidence back to my thesis on the synthesis essay.
    • Example 2: I will make sure to respond to the exact prompt on the rhetorical analysis essay.
    • Example 3: I will read 5 above and 5 below for the MCQs.
snaps
Snaps!
  • Whoever gets given a snap then has to give a snap to someone new!
  • Remember: specific, positive, related to classwork