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AP Language and Composition introduction
Transcript of AP Language and Composition introduction
4 parts to this course
rhetorical analysis essay
1. synthesis essay
Based on a current issue, create your own argument/claim.
Use 3-4 texts to help back up your idea.
2. Argumentative essay
Take a position on a suggested topic.
Use "evidence" from your personal life, any readings, any classes, art, politics, history, your travels, etc. to back up your argument
3. rhetorical strategy essay
You will be given a speech, article, letter, etc. in which you will be asked to analyze HOW the author uses rhetorical strategies and WHY these strategies are so successful in persuading the reader.
The use of antidepressants is on the rise. Some worry about their side effects. In an essay that synthesizes at least three sources, examine this controversy and evaluate what factors need to be considered when treating depression.
Source A: "FDA Expands Suicide Warnings on Drugs."
Source B: "The Economy of Manufacturing Depression."
Source C: "Learning to Release Your Own Body's Anti-depressants."
Source D: "Nutrition and Natural Medicine Heal Woes."
Source E: A visual graph showing suicide rates
Source F: A photo of a magazine ad in a teen magazine promoting 'help for feeling down'.
For centuries, prominent thinkers have pondered the relationship between ownership and the development of oneself. Plato argues that owning objects is detrimental to a person's character. Aristotle claims that ownership of goods helps to develop moral character. Think about the differing views of ownership. Then write an essay in which you explain your position on the relationship between ownership and sense of self. Use evidence from readings, experience or observations to support your argument.
Basically, this essay is based on your own personal opinion and the only "evidence" you need is from life experience, or readings.
Example of prompts:
- Analyze the rhetorical strategies President Kennedy uses to achieve his purpose.
- Analyze how Banneker uses rhetorical strategies to argue against slavery.
You WILL be given copies of the texts in full.
Simply explain HOW the writer is getting his/her message across. What rhetorical strategies are they using to get readers to pay attention?
an AP video to summarize course