The newly-released 2016 sample AP English Literature and Composition exam questions, sample responses, and grading rubrics provide a valuable opportunity to analyze how to achieve high scores on each of the three Section II FRQ responses.
However, for purposes of this examination, the Poetry Analysis strategies will be the focus.
The mid-range sample also cites specific details of the poem, such as the “sky-blue” juggler, a color that suggests playfulness, but then only concludes that euphony shows the speaker’s attitude toward the juggler without making that connection clear with an explanation.
The writer simply concludes without proving that assertion.
Don’t waste time on sentences that don’t do the work ahead for you. The A answer first supports the thesis by pointing out that alliteration and rhyme scheme depict the mood and disconnection of both the speaker and the crowd.
The writer does this by noting how alliteration appears when the juggler performs, but not before.Your should structure your essay with a brief introduction that includes the thesis statement, followed by body paragraphs that further the thesis statement with detailed, well-discussed support, and a short concluding paragraph that reiterates and reinforces the thesis statement without repeating it.Clear organization, specific support, and full explanations or discussions are three critical components of high-scoring essays.Tying up the first paragraph, the student then goes on to thoroughly explain the connection between the cited rhyme scheme, the unique defiance of gravity, and the effect on the speaker.The organizational plan is as follows: point (assertion), illustration, and explanation.The AP English Literature and Composition exam consists of two sections, the first being a 55-question multiple choice portion worth 45% of the total test grade.This section tests your ability to read drama, verse, or prose fiction excerpts and answer questions about them.All three provide a teaching opportunity for achieving a nine on the poetry analysis essay.The first sample essay, the A essay, quickly and succinctly introduces the author, title, thesis, elements, and devices.That doesn’t respond to the prompt, which requires an argument about what the juggler’s description reveals about the speaker.To sum up, make introductions brief and compact, using specific details from the poem and a clear direction that address the call of the prompt. Short, choppy, disconnected sentences make an incoherent, unclear paragraph.