AP Language Close Reading Examples

If you would like to see an essay that AP scored a “9” for the prompt on The Onion article, you can see it here. The responses for The Onion article begin on page 9. The first response (2A) earned the “9” score. If you would like to see the scores and commentary for this essay or the other two, go to the AP Central Language and  Composition Exam Information Page, scroll down to the 2005 prompts, and click on “Scoring Commentary.”

I have an example of the essay using the “spiraling” organization, but weirdly, it is in 5 different jpegs. If I post them here, I don’t think you’d be able to read it anyway. However, if you’re interested, you can ask me in class and I can let you read the example in hard copy.

Finally, although I realize that many of you have other AP classes and are taking other AP tests starting next week, you are still accountable for the preparation WE are doing for the LANG. AND COMP. test! Therefore, missed assignments will have to made up; however, as long as it is not a quiz, you can wait until after  our AP test to do so!



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  1. I feel like that, especially because this is a close reading essay and every sentence of an Onion article is chock full of humor, they could have used so many more examples instead of just using the one with each point.

    I think what they did best is orient their paper into an argument about a little more than what the words meant on the paper. Obviously we have to discuss the speaker’s point, and this author also reminded why the speaker is making it [in this case, as a warning, mostly, as the thesis states], which I think is a good next step.

    Also, something somewhat unrelated but I think interesting.. Of all the papers, 1A[8], 2A[9], 3B[6] did significant crossing out–going back and changing where they were going (I’m assuming this was done in pen).
    The others:
    1B[6], 1C[4], 2B[6], 2C[3], 3A[8], 3C[4]

    So, it seems like people who thought suddenly that a direction they’re going in is bad and changed it did better in the end (for the most part). That makes sense, but it seems certainly interesting how seemingly clear it is (I don’t know the statistics to actually verify that this is a large enough sample to draw that conclusion from)


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