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AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

AP LANG MATERIALS TO PROCESS 7-10 DAYS BEFORE WE START IN AUGUST

SOURCE

LOCATION

STUDY QUESTIONS

This is the guiding question for ALL of your AP Lang reading and listening.

PROMPT

(see PAGE 12 of the linked PDF)

2012 AP Language & Composition Free Response Questions; Question 3; Certainty and Doubt. Think about this as you read & listen to the Summer texts.

A

The Art of Looking: Eleven Ways of Viewing the Multiple Realities of Our Everyday World

—from the Brainpickings online newsletter,

Maria Popova

ARTICLE FULL TEXT

What is the writer’s purpose for creating this text? Who is the audience she most wants to interest? What does she want her audience to think or feel or do once they’ve read her message? What is the relationship between Popova’s claims and our organizing question of “Certainty and Doubt?”

B

In Pursuit of Condiments (Or, How the Spice Trade Changed Our Palates)

—from the Wonderland podcast, Steven Johnson

[Episode 7. Duration:

17:00 minutes)

PODCAST

What did you already know about historical trade routes? When and where did this podcast reinforce knowledge you were certain about? When and where did the information in this podcast raise a question or generate doubt about your own knowledge? What do you “see”* now about historical trade you didn’t “see” before?

C

The Big Man Can’t Shoot

—from The Revisionist History Podcast with Malcolm Gladwell

[Season 1.Episode 3.Duration: 40:00 minutes]

PODCAST

What evidence or examples does Gladwell use to develop his point? What do these examples reveal about his intended audience? What is the message Gladwell wants the listener to receive? What are we supposed to  think, feel, or do after the podcast is over? How did you come to that conclusion?

D

The Neuroscience of Changing Your Mind

[Podcast. Duration: 44:17]

PODCAST

Is it ever desirable to be disagreeable? When is it ever helpful? Constructive? What is the relationship between disagreeability, certainty, and doubt? Consider: William Lyon Phelps, Bertrand Russell, Alexandra Horowitz, the Pepper Wreck, Wilt Chamberlain, yourself (!). Can you identify a time in your own life when you’ve experienced the “Backfire Effect?”

E

Americans Overestimate Social Mobility

—from The Economist

ARTICLE

& GRAPH

What do we do as citizens (and individuals, communities, nations, or institutions), when available data and evidence challenge our perceptions? When do we feel strengthened by certainty? When does doubt lead to change and progress? Does “disagreeable” evidence carry the day or do we resist drawing new conclusions? Why or why not?

F

The Illusion of Certainty —from The Spectator,
Rory Sutherland

ARTICLE FULL TEXT

What is the writer’s thesis or primary claim in this article? What in the real world provoked him to write this text (what we sometimes call the catalyst or exigence)? As you read this article, return to the AP Lang Prompt. Weight the two texts against one another. What key ideas would surface in a conversation between Sutherland and the other texts in this set? How would you explain or define the relationship between certainty, doubt, and progress?

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

APUSH MATERIALS TO PROCESS 7-10 DAYS BEFORE WE START IN AUGUST

(P) podcasts

(A) articles

(I) interviews

SOURCE

STUDY QUESTIONS

The Problem We All Live With, PART ONE (58:42) (P)

TPWALW ::: What is your reaction to the Francis Howell parents’ statements at the school board meeting? Are you sympathetic or troubled? Google “Omaha one city one school.” Were you aware of this controversy?

Monumental Lies (55:00) (P)

ML ::: First react to what happens right around the ten minute mark. Surprised? Shocked? Then recommend. What should our criteria be for the monuments we put up? When should they receive taxpayer funding?

Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories (A)

TSETTAS ::: Identify two examples of a difference in two states’ treatments of the same historical subject.

1491 (I) (8:35)

1491 ::: How does Mann’s research compare with your own perceptions of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans?

The Trouble with Columbus (A)

TTWC ::: How should Columbus be taught today?

RESOURCES TO LOOK AT BEFORE YOU

BEGIN THE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

HOW TO READ AND

ANNOTATE A TEXT

 IN AP LANG

(details of how to read and interact with a text to draw the most insight from it)

MARKINGS

&

TEACHER SAMPLE

(“Illusion of Certainty”

article annotated)

FIVE TYPES OF CLAIMS Definition, Cause, Value, Policy, & Fact

CLAIMS: MAKING A STATEMENT

PDF of Types of Claims

Argument Basics

AUDIENCE DEMOGRAPHICS & PSYCHOGRAPHICS

(Demographics describe who someone is while psychographics describe why someone is motivated)

MARKET SEGMENTATION

&

AMERICAN IDENTITY TRAITS