May 7-8; 11, 2020 (Thursday-Friday-Monday)

End of Poetry Week and Two Prose Prompts

Since Friday has been declared “Service Day” by the school, I’m presenting here the assignments I was going to give for over the weekend as preparation for the AP Lit Exam on Wednesday.

(I can’t believe that day has finally come. It’s felt like an eternity coming, yet I turn around and BAM! there it is. Time is so weird lately. Anyone else feel that?)

By now you seniors should also know that next Friday, May 15, is also your last day. And suddenly BAM! there it is.

I can’t keep up . . .

Zoom Meeting Thursday! We’ll go over the last five poems briefly. The analysis for those are due Friday before midnight (although most of you have already turned that in).

(Ok, WHY is the image of me with my hands in the air? Someday when all of this is over I’ll learn how to put up a thumbnail image instead.)

Last two AP Prose Prompts–Due Monday

I’m not going to give you any help on these–no background, insights . . . nothing. You’re doing this cold, just as you will on Wednesday.

First prompt is here (page 3) from Middlemarch. For this prompt, you do NOT have to write the full essay, but instead create a thorough outline, as we did earlier.

  • Set a timer for yourself–give yourself 45 minutes.
  • READ the prompt thoroughly. Make brief notes for yourself as to what you’re answering.
  • READ the passage (it leaks over to a second page).
  • Read it a SECOND time looking for ways to answer the prompt.
  • WRITE for me a clear introduction with a focused thesis sentence.
  • Do NOT allow any fluff in there! And don’t merely repeat the prompt, but ANSWER it in that first paragraph. Are you a “fluffer” who doesn’t answer the prompt but merely repeats it? I marked ALL of your essays and made notes on them, pointing out if you do. So if you haven’t read those comments to see what I’m flagging, we’ve all been wasting our time. NO FLUFF! GET TO THE POINT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!
  • Create an outline of what points you would make if you were to answer the prompt as an essay.

For the second prompt right here (page 3) Seraph on the Suwanee. I want you to answer the prompt fully as if it were the Exam.

  • Set a time for yourself–give yourself 45 minutes.
  • READ the prompt thoroughly. Make brief notes for yourself as to what you’re answering.
  • READ the passage.
  • READ it a SECOND time looking for ways to answer the prompt.
  • WRITE THE FULL ESSAY. Keep an eye on the time.
  • Do NOT allow any fluff in there!

Turn in these TWO PROMPT RESPONSES by MONDAY before midnight. We will have an OPTIONAL Zoom Meeting on MONDAY for those who intend to take the exam. I want to find out if you’ve received your invitation to take the exam, and address any questions you have about the two prompts.

We will have another Zoom Meeting on TUESDAY, the day before Exam, to go over last minute questions, give last minute advice, etc. for those taking the Exam on Wednesday.

Then we’ll have one LAST Zoom Meeting on Thursday, May 14 for everyone before we say farewell to our seniors.

As I write this draft, I have no idea what we’ll do that day. My plans for the “last” week have all been tossed again since the schedule was changed AGAIN. (Seriously, I can NOT keep up!)

Maybe I’ll just sob quietly while all of you watch me in uncomfortable and embarrassed silence, until you finally give up and discreetly leave the Zoom meeting until I’m all alone . . .

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EXTRA PROSE PRACTICE! Believe it or not, some people have asked for additional essays to practice with. (coughmikailacough) IF you want extra practice, here are some links to additional tests (usually on page 3 of the link). If you want me feed back on these, share them with me. NOT MANDATORY! Merely optional.

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