The Standards of AP
HOW TO SURVIVE ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE
The Layout of the Test
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3 Hour Exam
60 Minutes for 55 Questions
120 Minutes for 3 Essays
Score Break Down
Types of Essays
Analysis of a poem (or two) discussing how literary elements or features contribute to meaning
Analysis of a prose passage (usually fiction, but not always) discussing how particular literary elements or features contribute to meaning
Answer to a provided question by selecting a literary work of merit and discussing its relevant features in relation to question
Close Reading Poetry
Close Reading Prose
1. Freshman composition 2. Informational text focus 3. Write in 3 rhetorical modes 4. The study of rhetorical and linguistic choices 5. Awareness of how STYLE is achieved by writer's language
1. Freshman literature 2. Imaginative text focus 3. Literary analysis for 3 essays (different genres) 4. Focus on overall message 5. Awareness of how overall meaning is achieved by technique (literary conventions)
General Comparison of AP III vs. AP IV
Answer the question in light of a holistic interpretation taking into account the complexity of the work while highlighting personal mastery of language.
THE AP LITERATURE MANTRA
Connect technique to purpose. Don't write about what you want to write about, answer the prompt!
Answer the Question
Address the entire text. Consider the meaning/theme. Examine patterns and explain significance.
Demonstrate your ability to read discerningly and think critically. Avoid the obvious!
Complexity of the Work
Syntax, diction, grammar and conventions... in other words, WRITE WELL!
Personal Mastery of Language
Information adapted from AP Central College Board and Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking by Carol Jago