Theme and Motif

Hi folks!

A reminder that your open-response essays are due this Sunday at midnight on Google Classroom (for Mrs. Keskes’ students) and Monday at the beginning of the class period for Mrs. Hoerauf’s.

To help you understand the difference between theme and motif, complete the following activity. If you finish early, use the time remaining to work on your essay.

Happy writing this weekend!

Open-Response Essay: how-to

Hi folks! MWDS are due today. Please turn them in.

Today we’re going to discuss the final type of essay you’ll find on the AP exam: the open-response.  This is an essay which analyzes a topic within the context of an entire text versus the analysis of a poem or passage as we’ve been working on.

To start, I want you to review a chart of open-response prompts.  As you review them, write down novels and plays you’ve read which could work for the prompts.  Be prepared to share your ideas with the class.

All of the prompts request you choose a novel of literary merit.  Let’s review what literary merit means.

To write this essay, you must know the title, author, and names of all of the major characters.  This is where your Major Works Data Sheets will come in handy.

Before the AP test, you should select five texts to know inside and out so that you can pick the most appropriate choice for the prompt on the day of the test.  The five you choose should be from texts you’ve read in this class so they are fresh in your mind and so you have the peace of mind that they are of literary merit.

Here is a handout explaining how to approach this essay.

Let’s review the “I Can” statement chart for a whole text analysis.

 

 

Open-Response Essay Samples and Structure

These are the requirements for your open-response essay for A Doll’s House.

This is the rubric for an open-response essay.  Let’s compare it to the rubric for the close analysis.

Now let’s look at a sample AP open-response essay question.  Read the student responses and score them using the 9-point rubric.

If we didn’t get to the Multiple Choice from Tuesday, we’ll do so today.

Open-response Essay

Today we’re going to discuss the final type of essay you’ll find on the AP exam: the open-response.  This is an essay which analyzes a topic within the context of an entire text versus the analysis of a passage as we’ve been working on.

To start, I want you to review a chart of open-response prompts.  As you review them, write down novels and plays you’ve read which could work for the prompts.  Be prepared to share your ideas with the class.

All of the prompts request you choose a novel of literary merit.  Let’s review what literary merit means.

To write this essay, you must know the title, author, and names of all of the major characters.  This is where your Major Works Data Sheets will come in handy.

Before the AP test, you should select five texts to know inside and out so that you can pick the most appropriate choice for the prompt on the day of the test.  The five you choose should be from texts you’ve read in this class so they are fresh in your mind and so you have the peace of mind that they are of literary merit.

What are your initial ideas as to how you’d approach the writing of this essay?

If there’s time, let’s do some multiple choice practice.