AP Literature The AP Test: We Are Here!
AP Test • 55 multiple choice questions (1 hour) • Three essays: • 1. Poetry: know your poetry terms • 2. Prose: do this last; function analysis • 3. Open: know your novels/plays; (40 minutes each)
AP Test: Multiple Choice • Multiple Choice Testing (Get Rid of Distractions!!): • Work first on accuracy and second on efficiency: first, get comfortable intellectually, then work on efficiency (timing) 2) No penalty for guessing 3)Treat each passage as a unit (ten minutes of testing time)
AP Test: Multiple Choice 4)Latch on to three important ideas from questions (skim for focus on those important Ideas: same as going to end of chapter to learn questions; makes quicker) • Skim if it works!
AP Test: Multiple Choice 5) Read actively: Studies show that active readers have a higher immediate retention than passive readers. (You're not dealing with long term memory). • Underline: pick up a little speed by moving your hand.
AP Test: Multiple Choice 6) Visualize content and words on the page 7) Paraphrase (like literary précis, think of those words while you read); we will practice paraphrasing 8) Don't read questions too quickly. Majority of wrong answers are from reading question incorrectly. (I had three wrong answers from doing this)
Types of MC Questions • 20% factual, 40% main idea, 40% hidden idea • factual questions: answers are in print (not necessarily easy, but try to get all of these correct) • main idea: did you "get" the passage (paraphrase) • hidden idea: read between the lines (go deeper; the obvious is a waste of your intellectual ability). But on the test, the answer is the most obvious thing. The answer may seem too simple; if it's not stated in the text then it is inferred.
Essay • Three essays: • The first two present students with texts for analysis • one question requires analysis of a poem (or pair of poems) • the other, analysis of a prose passage from a novel or play. • The third is the open essay about novel you’ve read.
Essay • The third essay is “open” response. • It asks students to discuss a generalization about an aspect of literature (for example, a theme, a structural element, or a type of character) by analyzing a novel or play they have studied in class or read on their own.
AP Test (essay) • Score of 3: three scores of 5 out of 9 on essays • Score of 4: three scores of 6/7 out of 9 on essays • Score of 5: three scores of 8/9 out of 9 on essays • Three readers read your essay
Essay • Students are required to do more than merely paraphrase the texts or identify their literary devices. • The questions ask you to show how the authors use language (including the literary elements you have learned) to produce meaning.
AP Essay • Development are size of paragraphs: Do not write anorexic paragraphs (go deeper!) • Can raise by full point based on style alone (diction and syntax). Essay will sing to the reader.
AP Essay • -- Two to four pages per essay. One page never gets a high score! • -- Three readers read each essay
AP Essay Test Scoring • Scoring: • -- 9 -8 (A) = 5 • -- 7 - 6 (B) = 4 • -- 5 (C) = 3 (majority; considered an upper half score) • -- 3 - 4 (D) = 2 • -- 1 – 2 (F) = 1
Essay Scores • If score 3 or better out of 5 means don't need freshman English course • If don't pass: need freshman college English, nothing more
AP Test Scoring Protocol & Hierarchy • AP Readers: • high school teachers: must currently teach the AP course in a face-to-face classroom setting and have at least three years of experience teaching that course. • college professors: must have taught within the past three years at least one college course comparable to the AP course. • They treat the essay as a first draft
EPT Reminder • If “Ready” from EAP test, don’t need EPT for Cal State Universities • If “Conditional Ready”, need to pass AP English Literature & Composition to avoid needing passing EPT score (will still take EPT in January) • If not “Conditional Ready”, will take EPT in January. Must pass EPT to enter freshman college English courses.
Love of LiteratureOr, How Do We Get Through Old Stuff? • Bell Work: Diaz & Shakespeare • Discuss: Sometimes a Great Notion, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses & Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, and their affect on me.)
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