AP Language & composition. Flashcards. Why reading a passage, ask yourself, “What is the author trying to accomplish with this piece?”
Why reading a passage, ask yourself, “What is the author trying to accomplish with this piece?”
If you determine the author’s purpose is to persuade the reader, ask yourself, “What is the author’s viewpoint on this topic? What is he or she trying to convince me to believe or to accept?”
**Remember, it’s completely irrelevant whether you agree with the author. The important this is to understand the author’s purpose and rhetorical strategy.**
Lebron James insists that children today spend too much time using social media on computers and cell phones.
Since digital books were introduced, no American writer has won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Having met the author and experienced his insufferable arrogance, I can safely dismiss his ideas about love and friendship.
With the highest ratings in its slot, that detective show is obviously one of the best shows on television.
Some baseball hitters probably gained an advantage by using performance-enhancing steroids. Yet the season is so long and taxing on the players’ bodies, it is no surprise that many would seek chemical assistance.
My opponent would eliminate all government aid programs until children were left to starve and parents forced to take the most menial jobs just to survive.
If our city council allows video cameras to be placed at intersections, soon they will install them in our neighborhoods. And next there will be a camera in front of each house and then inside each house. We can’t allow this intrusion into our privacy to stand.
The school year should begin on the first Tuesday after Labor Day, for that is when it always began when I was a child.
Useless courses like Home Economics should be dropped from the curriculum at our school. Think how much money is wasted on useless courses each year. Notice that the writer has not proved that the course is useless; it is just assumed to be so.
We must immediately adopt green energy technologies completely, or else poison our planet with carbon-producing fuels.
His scientific work is suspect. Recently a colleague with whom he has been friendly for years was fired for plagiarizing an article in an academic journal.