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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

(AP Lang Prompt formatted
as ACT Writing)

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

PDF Version

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

David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

  • Malcolm Gladwell

Introduction & Chapter 3

EXCERPT

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 reader to consider? What are we supposed to think, feel, or do after reading the Introduction and Caroline Sacks chapter? How did you come to that conclusion?

C

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?”

D

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

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

1 — TSETTAS ::: Identify and briefly explain FOUR (4) examples of a difference in two states’ treatments of the same historical subject (and those states will probably be California and Texas). Balance your examples (some from the beginning, some from the middle, some from the end of the article).

Monumental Lies (55:00) (P)

2 — 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?

Advanced Classes Might Be at Risk in Some US High Schools (A)

3 — ACMBRSUHS ::: Nebraska as yet has not seen a bill to prohibit the discussion of these subjects in history classes, although this amendment to a recently passed bill mandating Holocaust education in Nebraska schools failed to win the necessary votes for a floor debate and possible inclusion in the state’s history standards. What rules or principles should govern what high schools teach about slaverry, race, or the experiences of indigenous peoples?

1491 (I) (8:35)

4 — 1491 ::: How does Mann’s research compare with your own perceptions of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans?

The Trouble with Columbus (A)

5 — 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

Link to the Data Dig Document (will need to be updated for 2022-23)