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AP Lit Free Response Prompts

  1. It has often been said that what we value can be determined only by what we sacrifice. Consider how this statement applies to a character from a novel or play. Select a character that has deliberately sacrificed, surrendered, or forfeited something in a way that highlights that character’s values. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how the particular sacrifice illuminates the character’s values and provides a deeper understanding of the meaning of the work as a whole. You may choose a novel or play from the list below or one of comparable literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.(2014)
  2. In The Writing of Fiction (1925), novelist Edith Wharton states the following. At every stage in the progress of his tale the novelist must rely on what may be called the illuminating incident to reveal and emphasize the inner meaning of each situation. Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity. Choose a novel or play that you have studied and write a well-organized essay in which you describe an “illuminating” episode or moment and explain how it functions as a “casement,” a window that opens onto the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary. You may select a work from the list below or another appropriate novel or play of comparable literary merit.(2011 Form B)
  3. A bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, recounts the psychological or moral development of its protagonist from youth to maturity, when this character recognizes his or her place in the world. Select a single pivotal moment in the psychological or moral development of the protagonist of a bildungsroman. Then write a well-organized essay that analyzes how that single moment shapes the meaning of the work as a whole. You may choose a work from the list below or one of comparable literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.(2013)
  4. 2015( http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/_ap05_frq_englishlit_45549.pdf
  5. 2007
  6. Cognitive Construct of the Self -Janie Crawford
  7. Ebook of Their Eyes Were Watching God with Preface
  8. Letter from Hurston to Countee Cullen

AP Workshop

AP English Literature and AP English Language

Bronx

April 1, 2017

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Manhattan

April 22, 2017

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Brooklyn

April 29, 2017

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AP Environmental Science and AP Biology

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April 1, 2017

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Brooklyn

April 22, 2017

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Bronx

April 29, 2017

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AP Calculus, AP Statistics and AP United States History

Brooklyn

April 1, 2017

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Bronx

April 22, 2017

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Manhattan

April 29, 2017

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Poetry Analysis example

Emily Dickinson’s Poem ” Because I could not stop for death”

(Introduction) Death is often portrayed as menacing in many works of literary. In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, she provides a different perspective. Through the use of descriptive language, Dickinson portrays death as a nonthreatening and peaceful experience and conveys one must accept death as part of his or her destiny (central idea).

( Body 1) From the very beginning of the poem, Dickinson uses descriptive language to portray death a safe and lonely but dignified experience (claim 1). She begins by introducing “ Death” to her reader as kind and civil as illustrated in “ kindly stopped for me” and” his Civility”. Even though the speaker cannot stop Death from coming, she regards the act of Death as “kind” and dignified because He is taking her in a “carriage”. Dickinson continues to describe death as solemn and dignified as illustrated in the way Death drives, “slowly”, “ no haste” and “ his Civility”( point 1) .On the other hand, the speaker also finds the journey to be lonely since there are only themselves ( she and death) as illustrated in “ the carriage held but just ourselves”. The adverb “just” suggest slight trepidation of taking the ride alone with death himself and remorse that there is no other passage riding with her to accompany her( point 2). The silence and dignity felt by the speaker during the lonely ride with death reveals dying is essentially a dignified life experience and one has to experience it alone.

( Body 2) As Dickinson continue describing the speaker’s journey to death,  she further reveals that death can give a sense of tranquility and peace if one regards it as part of one’s destiny( claim 2) . The speaker, while sitting in the carriage, sees her life pass by her through the descriptions such as “children strove”, “fields of gazing grain” and “the setting sun” suggesting her childhood, maturity and the near end of her life. Dickinson’s portrayal of death as “ gossamer” appearance and the speaker as “ tulle” reveals death is an intangible experience, magical and hard to grasp but soothing since both “ gossamer” and “ tulle” connote translucent, soft and silky. Finally Dickinson portrays the tomb the speaker sees as “a House that seems a swelling of the ground”. To compare tomb to a house, the poet seems to regard death as going home experience- safe, tranquil and peaceful. The speaker’s serenity as she reaches her final destination connotes the idea that death is everyone’s final destiny, thus no surprises and no pain but acceptance.

( Conclusion) Through the use descriptive language, Dickinson reveal death is part of life experiences and there is no need to fear it. Even though no one is going to seek death, death will eventually find everyone, but treat him/her with dignity. Therefore, death is not that strange but should feel like going home- the end of one’s life journey.

 

 

Essay Contest

 ESSAY CONTEST FOR 10th, 11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS
 
The Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and the New York Law Journal have partnered with the New York City Dept. of Education to sponsor the Sixteenth annual essay contest for 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students.  Ten students will win the opportunity to intern for one week with a Justice of the Supreme Court and earn a $100.00 gift card.  A maximum of ten entries from each school will be considered. One of the winning essays will be published in the New York Law Journal, a legal periodical published by the ALM.  
                                                                                                                                               
The Law Day theme for 2017, is “The 14th Amendment:  Transforming American Democracy.”
The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society.  Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a  inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.
 
Students should write a 500 word essay presenting a compelling discussion on the topic with special focus on the importance and impact of the Fourteenth Amendment.
                                               
The following websites may assist your students in their research – other resources may be used.  All sources should be credited.
Law Day Topic  http://www.Lawday.org
General Legal Resources
 1.  New York State Courts Legal Research Portal
2.   Free Online Law Review/Journal Articles
3.   New York Law Journal
            http://www.newyorklawjournal.com
4.   The United States Constitution with Commentary
           
Statutes
1 New York State Consolidated Laws
2.   Law Library of Congress
3.   New York Courts Law Libraries
           
 Case Law 
1.   New York State Court Case Law
2.   Federal Court Case Law