A.P. Notes (Prose 2)

A) Before you do anything else, figure out what the purpose and/or message of the piece is.

B) Focus very carefully on the prompt. Take time to be SURE you understand it.

C) Keep coming back to the prompt! In your thesis, in your topic sentences, in your warrants, be SURE all of them link back to and answer the prompt.

D) Be thorough and clear in your thesis. Don’t make it super-long, but try to give a road-map.

E) A good closer can be just one line long.

F) Make new paragraphs for a new idea. Many of you are combining paragraphs where you shouldn’t.

Good essays addressed:

  • In medias res
  • Flashback
  • Parallelism
  • Setting
  • Similes
  • Sentence structure/Parallelism/Cumulative sentences
  • Tone/Mood/Atmosphere
  • Ambiguity
  • Diction
  • Imagery

Good purpose/message ideas focused on:

  • The importance of telling/speaking out/remembering (think Hamlet!)
  • Trauma/memory/haunting



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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