How do we make sense of the darkness in humanity?
1. Time to work on your choice of 2 other short stories: The Killers, The Lottery, War, Shooting an Elephant, Just Lather, That's All, The Sniper.
2. Complete your Graphic Organizer for the 2 stories.
3. The final draft of your synthesis essay is due. I will begin evaluating them on Saturday. Please put your good copy above or below the draft. Please don't erase/delete the draft or the draft comments.
1. Complete work on The Cask of the Amontillado: Hypothes.is & your graphic organizer.
2. You have 2 more short stories to read after The Cask: ideally"The Killers" and a story of your choosing, but you have the freedom to choose the next two stories from this list: The Killers, The Lottery, War, Shooting an Elephant, Just Lather, That's All, The Sniper.
"The Sniper" by O'Flaherty
"The Lottery" by Jacks…
The two synthesis essay questions below are examples of the question type that has been one of the three free-response questions on the AP English Language and Composition Exam as of the May 2007 exam. The synthesis question asks students to synthesize information from a variety of sources to inform their own discussion of a topic. Students are given a 15-minute reading period to accommodate the additional reading required for the question.
Below is a sample synthesis essay question, sample scoring guidelines, comments from the Chief Reader about the sample student essays, seven sample student responses, and scoring commentary for each sample.
Approximately 300 AP English Language and Composition students from eight schools in New York, Maine, Texas, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and New Mexico wrote responses to this synthesis topic. Students from these schools were given a 15-minute reading period followed by a 40-minute writing period in which to complete the sample synthesis assignment.
An additional sample synthesis essay question is provided here.