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AP Lit: Free-Response Essay

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Robert Gahwiler

on 16 October 2012

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Transcript of AP Lit: Free-Response Essay

Robert, Ken, Peterson, Briana, Christina The Free Response Essay Take our advice to heart and you will be well on your way to that ever-so-elusive nine on your essay! What is a free-response question?
What are the types of free-response prompts?
How do you organize the information?
How do you construct your response?
How is it rated?
How do you handle multiple texts? Essential Questions The college board’s goal is to ensure that you can discuss literature in a particular context.
The essay is based on a thought provoking prompt which emphasizes specific insights that can be used in a wide range of texts. What is a free-response essay? Since it is a “free-response” essay, there are multiple approaches you can take to the prompt.
It is a very important portion of the test because it showcases your insights and writing abilities.
In order to achieve a high score, you should include something specific, unique, and relevant to your essay. Basic literary elements such as:
Violence as a theme
Descent into madness
Perception and reality
Etc. Types of Prompts NEVER USE A FILM!!!! It is dependent upon your prompt
Full length; you are limited to a novel or a play
Writer’s choice; this is where all other types of literature can be used.
You do not necessarily have to use works listed after the prompt, or works read during the course. What Kind of Works to Refer to How to Prepare for the Essay Keep track of the works you have read throughout the year and list key points and concepts (character roles, themes, tone, etc.)
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Timing 1-3 min. working the prompt
3-5 Choosing your work
10 Brainstorming
20 Writing the Essay
3 Proof-reading The essay is the real challenge of the exam...timing is everything. Make a plan. Notating the Prompt It is highly recommended that you map/chart the prompt. Below is one example on how you can do it. The Opening Paragraph Set the tone of the essay
Always include the title and author of the works you refer to.
Make the topic clear
The Body Paragraphs Present your points to answer the prompt.
Use specific references from the work
Emphasize key ideas
Do not constantly use the same words. Use synonyms and good transitions so the reader does not get bored.
What NOT to Do! Summarize the plot
Be overconfident
Choose obvious illustrations
Have vague responses to the prompt or vague references to the works
Being indecisive
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