A.P. Notes (Prose Response)

A. Again, watch your handwriting! Also, PROOFREAD!

B. Don’t forget to develop C-E-A! If you make a claim, give evidence, whether it is a small quote or a paraphrasing. If you have a piece of evidence that doesn’t “speak for itself,” then analyze (explain yourself)!

C. Your first step, when reading, should be to understand the “jist” of the work. Ask yourself, what is the PURPOSE? what is the SUBJECT? and what is the MAIN IDEA or MESSAGE?

D. Use the purpose/message/subject to create a unique/interesting/thoughtful hook. Don’t try to create a hook from the prompt!!! Focus on the piece.

E. “Dramatize” does not equal “Exaggerate” or “Make overly dramatic.” It just means “Bring to life through the use of the written word.”

F. If they ask about character, CLEARLY state who this character is (think about character development).

G. Don’t be afraid to use a warrant. You want your reader to have an EASY TIME figuring out your answer to the prompt.

Good essays addressed:

  • Apostrophe
  • Atmosphere
  • Mood / Mood shift
  • Tone / Tone shift
  • Diction
  • Imagery
  • Analogy
  • Simile
  • Metaphor



Author: MrsLamp88

Carly (Stahmer) Lamp graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a BA in English and a teaching certificate in secondary English education. Since the fall of 2011, Mrs. Lamp has been teaching English literature and composition courses at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. She currently teaches AP Lit. and Comp. and English 11. Mrs. Lamp also coaches the Academic Decathlon team and runs the AHS ACT Prep Club. Some of her favorite novels include... American Psycho (Ellis) Beloved (Morison) Wide Sargasso Sea (Rhys) All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy) A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway) High Fidelity (Hornby) Heart of Darkness (Conrad) The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) Catch-22 (Heller) Moby Dick (Melville) The Portrait of a Lady (James) Midnight's Children (Rushdie)

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