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Steps for the Synthesis Essay

1. Read all sources to understand the diverse perspectives surrounding a particular issue. 2. Examine your personal beliefs surrounding the issue. 3. Synthesize the research and your personal beliefs into a more informed view on the topic.

SAT Prefixes #2

Directions: Complete three column notes for the list of prefixes including the prefix, definition, and an example that uses the prefix correctly. Please include the definition of the word in your example. 1.Contra, contro: against 2.de: down, away 3.di: two 4.dia: across 5.dis: not, apart 6.dys: faulty, bad 7.ex, e: out 8.extra, extro: beyond, outside […]

Making Paragraphs more coherent

A paragraph is coherent if its sentences logically and smoothly flow together. There are three ways a writer can improve the coherence of a paragraph: -First, you can repeat key words to link ideas from one sentence to another. -Second, you can use pronouns to refer to important nouns in previous sentences. -Finally, you can […]

Keep Sentences Short

One of the best ways to improve the clarity and readability of your writing is to keep sentences short and have them focus only on one idea. Follow these guidelines to improve your writing: -The average number of words per sentence in a piece of writing should be around 20. -To improve sentence fluency, make […]

AP: Assignment #2

Your second assignment will have you completing a rhetorical analysis of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” We will move more slowly through this assignment as a class and hopefully, you can be more specific with your analysis of the text on this second assignment. Due Date: September 19, 2013 Excerpt for Sinners […]

AP Language and Composition Summer Homework

I hope everyone has a relaxing and productive summer. In preparation for next year, please complete the attached assignment by the first day of school. AP Summer Reading Assignment-2013

Synthesis Essay

Synthesis:The process of reading multiple perspectives on a subject to develop an informed opinion. Bias: A one-sided perspective Goal of a Synthesis Essay: To use sources to support and illustrate your own ideas and to establish your credibility as a reasonable and informed writer. Some Things to Consider: -You will be given at least 6 […]

The Classical Oration

Introduction: introduces the reader to the subject and often the writer will establish ethos in the introduction. The Narration: Provides background information and facts on the subject at hand. Generally, writers focus on logos, but may also address pathos in this paragraph as well. The Confirmation: Generally the largest section of the essay where the […]

Analyzing Arguments

Closed Thesis Statement -States the main idea and also lists two-three main points to be discussed in the essay. It is “closed” because the writer limits the scope of the essay to the points listed in the thesis. ex) The three dimensional characters, exciting plot, and complex themes of the Harry Potter series make them […]

Questions for analyzing Diction and Syntax

Diction 1. What type of words draw your attention? (Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives…) 2. Is the language general and abstract or specific and concrete? 3. Is the language formal, informal, colloquial, or slang? 4. Does the text employ figurative language? 5. Are there words with strong connotations that indicate strong emotions? Syntax 1. What is the […]