AP Exam Review

  1. Past AP lit Exams and Sample responses
  2. 1999 AP Essay Questions
  3. 1999 Essay Scoring Guide
  4. 1999 AP Lit Released Exam with Analysis of the Sample Essays
  5. 2004 AP Lit Released Exam 
  6. 2004 Essay Questions
  7. 2004 Poetry Analysis Sample Essays
  8. 2004 Prose Analysis Sample Essays
  9. 2004 Open Ended Sample Essay 
  10. 2004 Essay Scoring Guide
  11. 2004 Essay Grades

Objectives: Students will be able to gain new strategies as well test-taking skills for the AP Literature Exam through small group dissemination of questions and strategies.

  • CCSS
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5
    Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1
    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2
    Write explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Differentiation: Students select details from the poem based on their individual reading experience and understanding of the text. They are also given various options to respond to the poem depending on their personal level of challenges or strengths. Students can raise their own questions to probe into the implied meaning of the poem. They are provided with TPCASTT and the Method as tools to help them analyze the poem.
Grouping Rationale: Students will be grouped based on personal choice with consideration of individual learning needs, styles, talents and personality to maximize their productivity.

In each group, all participants are contributors; but several of them will also be a timer, recorder, facilitator, presenter, spelling/grammar checker.

Do Now: Check the answers for the 2008 MCQs ( winter break homework).

Agenda

  1. Review strategies and discuss questions about AP Lit MCQs
  2. Review strategies about poetry analysis
  3. 1999 AP Essay Questions
  4. 1999 Essay Scoring Guide
  5. 1999 AP Lit Released Exam with Analysis of the Sample Essays
  6. 1999 Essay Scoring Guide
  7. Review Strategies about prose analysis
  8. Review strategies about Open Ended Questions

Homework Assignment: Review two books (Othello and The Scarlet Letter) for tomorrow’s AP exam using Shamoop website.

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Objectives: Students will gain deeper understanding of various types of texts by analyzing passages from the AP Language and discussing the MCQs  in small groups.

Differentiation: Students select details from the poem based on their individual reading experience and understanding of the text. They are also given various options to respond to the poem depending on their personal level of challenges or strengths. Students can raise their own questions to probe into the implied meaning of the poem. They are provided with TPCASTT and the Method as tools to help them analyze the poem.

Grouping Rationale: Students will be grouped based on personal choice with consideration of individual learning needs, styles, talents and personality to maximize their productivity.

In each group, all participants are contributors; but several of them will also be a timer, recorder, facilitator, presenter, spelling/grammar checker.

Do Now:Name three biggest obstacles form the taking the Mock Exam yesterday. Share in your small group. How can we resolve some of these issues in two months before we take the real exam?

Acquisition: Timing

In an AP Exam, being able to read critically is required and reading speedily is another element of the exam.

There are 7-8 passages in the MCQ section and you are only given 60 minutes to complete 55 MCQs. Essentially you sent about 7-10 minutes per passage depending on how many questions there are in each passage.

Some strategies:

  1. Be familiar with question types.
  2. Factual: Words refer to, allusions, antecedents, pronoun references
  3. Technical: Sentence structure, style, grammatical purpose, dominant technique, imagery, point-of-view, organization of passage, narrative progress of passage, conflict, irony, function of…
  4. Analytical: rhetorical strategy, shift in development, rhetorical stance, style, metaphor, contrast, comparison, cause/effect, argument, description, narration, specific-general, general-specific, how something is characterized, imagery, passage is primarily concerned with, function of…
  5. Inferential: effect of diction, tone, inferences, effect of description, effect of last paragraph, effect on reader, narrator’s attitude, image suggests, effect of detail, author implies, author most concerned with, symbol
  6. Categories: Use this to Make Sample Questions
  7. Read through the passage quickly to gain an overall understanding to answer the questions that require you to understated the whole passage.
  8. Answer the questions by going straight to the section of the passage.
  9. Guess the answer before you read through all the answer choices.

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Scoring

Multiple Choice Section: 45 Percent of Total Score

Essay Section: 55 Percent of Total Score

Multiple Choice Section 1:

[Number Correct – (0.25 X Number Wrong)] X 1.2500 = ___________

Essay Section 2:

Total Essay Score (_____ out of a possible 27) X 3.0556 = __________________

Now: Multiple Choice Score + Essay Score = ____________

AP Grade Conversion Chart:

(Note: This chart can change yearly)

Score Range 108-150 = 5

Score Range 93-107 = 4

Score Range 72-92 = 3

Score Range 43-71 = 2

Score Range 0-42 = 1


Sample Scoring Lesson 1:  How It’s Done.

Performance:

Multiple Choice: 30 right, 25 wrong (or 55 percent)

[30 – (0.25 X 25)] X 1.2500 = 29.6875

Essay Section: 5, 5, 5 (total score 15)

Total Essay Score 15 X 3.0556 = 45.834

29.6875 + 45.834 = 75.5215 (SCORE 3)

This example also shows the minimum need to pass: About 30 correct multiple choice questions (roughly 55 percent) and an essay score of 15 (or an average of 5).

IMPORTANT: A multiple choice question is either right or wrong. (Years ago questions could be left blank and not be counted against you–but that is no more.) Be sure to GUESS on every question–even those that you don’t have time to read. Pick a lucky letter and plug it into every blank.

Guided Practice

Each group is given the correct answer of the questions abed on of one or two passages. As a group, your job is to understand thoroughly why the answer is correct by proving detailed rationale and textual evidence.

Independent Practice

Once the group has completed with writing our the rationale for each answer, each member of the group will join members of other groups to form a new group where every member will be responsible to teach the passages they have studies by explaining the rationale for each question.

Homework: Complete the reading passage ” Roarer, Whisperers, and Moderators” by Samuel Johnson as well as the John Brown’s piece.