Prose Close Analysis

Hi folks! Welcome back!

Today, we are going to review the two types of essays we have taught you in this class, both of which will be on the AP exam in May (as well as your final exam).

Let’s use this chart to compare the two: close versus open analysis.

Next, we will read a passage called “Cherry Bomb.” As you read, annotate.  We will be sharing.

Now let’s review what to specifically look for when analyzing prose, as well as the types of prompts to expect for prose analysis.

A Doll’s House is also written in prose, but your essay is an open analysis. Be sure to review the chart and rubric to ensure you are writing in the proper format.

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.

 

Peer Revision Day

Surprise!  You have a chance to revise your Romantic essays to make them even better before they’re graded.

In class today, complete the following revision activity for at least two other peers’ essays.

If there is time remaining, you may work on making the revisions suggested by your peers.

Your updated essay is due by midnight tonight.  Make your corrections directly on the Google Doc.