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Overview of the AP Synthesis Essay

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Jillian Viveiros

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AP English Language and Composition
Synthesis Essay
What you need to do
for the synthesis essay...
What you need to know
AP Exam: Essay Section
You have:
*2 hours to write three essays (rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argument)

Beforehand, you are given

15 minutes of planning time.
suggested time for each essay is 40 minutes.
Read the prompt and the sources carefully.
Develop your position for a clear and organized argument
Choose 3 out of the 7 sources to use in your essay
Complete the synthesis essay first
Use the sources to your advantage for a strong essay.
Your essay will be scored on a scale of 0-9. This score will be 1/3 of your total exam score
The Sources
*The sources are a variety of nonfiction
and fiction texts, and one visual source.

*You should have 2 sources to support
your position and one to refute a counter argument

*Remember to analyze the texts.*

Quoting Sources
You must cite your sources!!

You can use direct or indirect quotes when citing your source.

Direct- According to source B, "..."

Indirect - paraphrasing, but not listing ideas

Do not summarize the sources!
Time Management
First 15 minutes=
Read the question
Read the sources and write 1 sentence
stating the argument presented.
Make an outline or chart: label
which sources you will use in each paragraph

Works Cited
Hayden, Denise . N.p.. Web. 2 Jun 2013. <http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/courses/teachers_corner/180002.html>.

"Synthesis Essay Materials." AP Central. College Board. Web. 2 Jun 2013. <http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/51474.html>.
Purple=Please write it down in your notes.
Review: The Rubric
9=Superb. Perfect A+
8=Great work. A
7=Very good. A-/B+
6=Good work. Could have been more complex (B/B-)
5=Getting there.You missed a few important pieces(C+/C)
4=Needs Work. You missed many important pieces (C-/D)
3=Need A LOT of Work=No examples (F)
2=You missed the point of the prompt (F)
1= Yikes! Completely off topic. (F)
Step 1: Read the Question
Step 2: Read the Documents
and write a one sentence summary of the argument presented

Let us look at the
sample responses
We will be dividing into three teams.

Turn to Sample 1A
What to Do:
Step 1: Have one person from your team read the
first paragraph of the essay aloud.
Step 2: Pause and write one sentence explaining the author's argument (if they make one)
Step 3: Make a note of which source they use (if any)
Repeat this process for each paragraph.
Report out your findings.
Independent Practice

Turn to sample 1B.
1. Follow the same protocol and
dissect the essay.
2. Rate the essay using the rubric
Step 4: Rate the essay using the rubric provided. Write 4 sentences explaining why you chose what you did.
Exit Ticket:
On the index card provided, write the steps for completing the synthesis essay and note the suggested times for each.
Split into teams.

Take home sample 1C. Follow the same protocol from today and pick apart the essay.

**Be sure to reference your notes from today.**
Write down 1 question that you still have about the synthesis essay on a post it.
August 16, 2013

Do Now:
Write your own 1 sentence definition of synthesis and give an example.

(In your notebook)
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