Game Plan for the Week

Hi folks! Here’s what we are doing this week:

Monday: MWDS DUE. Timed essay over Ceremony.

Tuesday: Literary Devices ‘Pop’ Quiz (Quiz corrections due Friday)

Wednesday: Poetry Review Day

Thursday: Prose Review Day

Friday: Quiz corrections due. MC strategies and review.

Keep in mind next week is your four-day final exam. Several of you have made alternate arrangements to take the exam on different dates. Please see one of your teachers if you need to to do this.

Precis Review

 

To continue preparing you for the midterm, let’s review one of the first elements of writing an analysis essay we taught you: the precis introduction.

Now, let’s put these skills to the test by applying them to the prose passage, “Cherry Bomb.”

We’ll be reading, annotating, charting, and writing a precis for the passage.

When you are done with your precis, you will pass them around the room so you can read multiple examples.

AP Midterm Review and Prose Close Analysis

 

The midterm for this class is a mini version of the AP exam.  Here’s an overview:

The actual AP exam consists of the following:

60 minutes: multiple choice questions (45-60 questions on 4-5 passages: both poetry and prose from a variety of time periods)

Your midterm:

45 minutes: multiple choice questions (30-45 questions on 3-4 passages: both poetry and prose from a variety of time periods)

The actual AP exam consists of the following:

2 hours: 3 essay questions (one close analysis of a poem, one close analysis of a prose passage, one open-response to a given prompt on an entire text of your choosing: remember your top 5!)

Your midterm:

40 minutes: 1 essay question (one close analysis of a poem OR one close analysis of a prose passage)

The actual AP exam is 3 hours long.  Your midterm is 85 minutes long.  

Your midterm will be graded using the AP grading scale, then converted to a letter grade for your report card.

You will get a detailed sheet breaking down and explaining your score after the midterm.


 

To begin our review, we’re going to give you a list of the types of prose prompts you can expect (for the prose close analysis essay) as well as some advice for writing it.

One literary technique unique to prose is the sentence. There are various forms. We have two worksheets for you to do to review the types, as well as a refresher on active and passive voice. This will help you review for both the prose essay, as well as the multiple choice.

 

AP Midterm Review: Overview and Precis Format

Welcome back, students!  We hope you had a fantastic break!

It’s hard to believe, but there are just ten days until your midterm.  We’ll be spending those days preparing you as best we can.

The midterm for this class is a mini version of the AP exam.  Here’s an overview:

The actual AP exam consists of the following:

60 minutes: multiple choice questions (45-60 questions on 4-5 passages: both poetry and prose from a variety of time periods)

Your midterm:

45 minutes: multiple choice questions (30-45 questions on 3-4 passages: both poetry and prose from a variety of time periods)

The actual AP exam consists of the following:

2 hours: 3 essay questions (one close analysis of a poem, one close analysis of a prose passage, one open-response to a given prompt on an entire text of your choosing: remember your top 5!)

Your midterm:

40 minutes: 1 essay question (one close analysis of a poem OR one close analysis of a prose passage)

The actual AP exam is 3 hours long.  Your midterm is 85 minutes long.  

Your midterm will be graded using the AP grading scale, then converted to a letter grade for your report card.

You will get a detailed sheet breaking down and explaining your score after the midterm.

Now, to start preparing you for the midterm, let’s review one of the first elements of writing an analysis essay we taught you: the precis introduction.

Now, let’s put these skills to the test by applying them to a poem.  Before we do, let’s review as a class what meaningful annotation looks like.

Now, read “Crossing the Swamp” by Mary Oliver and take ten minutes to annotate silently.

Now that you’ve read and annotated the poem, take the rest of class to write a precis for it.  If you don’t finish in class, finish it for homework.  You will need it for tomorrow’s activities.