Preparing for the AP Exam – Q1, Synthesis Essay

This week we will be moving on from the Rhetorical Analysis Q2 essay and will begin working on the skills needed for the Q1 Synthesis essay. First, let me be clear: the skills of argumentation that you will be practicing the next four weeks will be used on the Q1 Synthesis and the Q3 Argumentative essay – they are both technically argumentative essays, with the key difference being that the Q1 Synthesis provides you with eight sources to use, while the Q3 Argumentative does not.

So what exactly is the Q1 Synthesis essay, and how is it different from the Q2 Rhetorical Analysis?

  • The Q1 DOES NOT require you to analyze an author’s use of rhetoric.
  • The Q1 DOES require you take a position on a given topic and defend, challenge or qualify that position.
  • The Q1 DOES provide you with eight sources to read and review for potential use in your essay.
  • The Q1 DOES NOT require you to use all eight sources, only three.

The Q1 essay was introduced in 2008, so there are not quiet as many examples for you to review on AP Central (there’s still ten years of samples though…). Your main concerns for the synthesis essay will include:

  1. Taking a CLEAR POSITION on the topic given.
  2. Writing a CLEAR THESIS for your essay.
  3. Reviewing the eight sources, and determining with three you want to use in your own essay.
  4. Formatting your paper as an argument, with a counterclaim.
  5. CITING YOUR SOURCES – including in your counterclaim.
  6. Making sure that your sources support your argument – not that you are simply rewriting the sources as your body paragraphs.

For more on the synthesis essay, see the video below. 🙂

 

AP Language and Composition Spring 2018

Synthesis Reading – Materialism in American Culture

As we prepare for the Q1 Synthesis Essay this is a great chance to continue broadening your exposure to literature and texts that will build your base knowledge. Remember, much of your success on the AP Exam for Language depends not just on your writing ability, but the maturity of your writing. This in turn is influenced by the depth and scope of your understanding of the plethora of topics they could assign for you to respond to on the exam.

We will be conducting in-depth readings of eight different sources (all on a similar theme) and you will be able to conduct a Socratic Seminar on these topics as well as engage with the texts in the form of essays and project.

Our second reading topic is ‘Materialism in American Culture’.

Click here for the reading over ‘Materialism in American Culture’.

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You guys did a fantastic job with this seminar. Here are the notes on what you discussed!

AP Language and Composition Spring 2016

Synthesis Reading – Exporting American Culture

As we prepare for the Q1 Synthesis Essay this is a great chance to continue broadening your exposure to literature and texts that will build your base knowledge. Remember, much of your success on the AP Exam for Language depends not just on your writing ability, but the maturity of your writing. This in turn is influenced by the depth and scope of your understanding of the plethora of topics they could assign for you to respond to on the exam.

We will be conducting in-depth readings of eight different sources (all on a similar theme) and you will be able to conduct a Socratic Seminar on these topics as well as engage with the texts in the form of essays and project.

Our final reading will be over ‘Exporting American Culture’.

Click here for the reading on Exporting American Culture

AP Language and Composition Spring 2016

Synthesis Reading – Language in American Politics

As we prepare for the Q1 Synthesis Essay this is a great chance to continue broadening your exposure to literature and texts that will build your base knowledge. Remember, much of your success on the AP Exam for Language depends not just on your writing ability, but the maturity of your writing. This in turn is influenced by the depth and scope of your understanding of the plethora of topics they could assign for you to respond to on the exam.

We will be conducting in-depth readings of eight different sources (all on a similar theme) and you will be able to conduct a Socratic Seminar on these topics as well as engage with the texts in the form of essays and project.

Our first reading topic is ‘Language in American Politics’.

Readings for Language in American Politics

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Ideas you guys brought up in your Socratic Seminar!

AP Language and Composition Spring 2016