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***AP English Language and Composition Thread 2016-2017***

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Replies to: ***AP English Language and Composition Thread 2016-2017***

  • ak2018ak2018 Registered User Posts: 3,113 Senior Member
    @FutureGirlPres I haven't read it, but you'd probably be able to find something about it online.
  • kristennl99kristennl99 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I have to read Brain Rules by John Medina and a nonfiction book of my choice. I'm reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and it's fascinating.
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,674 Senior Member
    I have to read On Writing by Stephen King.

    Surprisingly good, actually!
  • Elif36Elif36 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I need to read The Glass Castle (it was really good btw) and write two essays on it. Then I have to find 10 grammar mistakes in newspapers, magazines, etc. (this part is really annoying). Lastly, I have to read a nonfiction book from the NYT bestsellers list. I read When Breath Becomes Air and really enjoyed it. Good luck to everyone with your assignments!!
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,674 Senior Member
    Elif36 wrote:
    Then I have to find 10 grammar mistakes in newspapers, magazines, etc. (this part is really annoying)

    If "SAT grammar" is acceptable, it should be easy to find instances of this/that/these/those used as demonstrative pronouns without a following noun (as required in SAT grammar). Otherwise, your best bet is to spot misplaced modifiers, which are legion, and ambiguous uses of "which" (referring to the idea before the comma rather than a specific noun).
  • TP2000TP2000 Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    My APLAC class started on Monday. Over the summer I had to read The Grapes of Wrath and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Yesterday, we did a practice FRQ (the Rhetoric essay) for the AP exam and it was quite hard.
  • HamlonHamlon Registered User Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    I have to read A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in America and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The latter has made me cry. I will never understand how people were able to mentally survive the constant torture and uncertainty that was tied to slave life. I haven't picked up A Chosen Exile yet, but from what I've heard it is a fascinating read..
  • ak2018ak2018 Registered User Posts: 3,113 Senior Member
    How are you guys doing in your classes?
  • ak2018ak2018 Registered User Posts: 3,113 Senior Member
    My AP Lang teacher gave me a syllabus that included all of the books and excerpts we would be reading this year. Here they are:

    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
    Pudd’nhead Wilson
    Ethan Frome
    Spoon River Anthology
    Glass Menagerie
    Death of a Salesman
    Raisin in the Sun
    Washington Post
    Washington Times
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,674 Senior Member
    Some good stuff on that list, @ak2018 !
  • blueeagleblueeagle Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    I feel like I'm stuck in this class. I'm pretty sure my average right now is a 90 which I am not happy about. I had this same teacher last year and am just always so frustrated with her. I'm pretty sure she doesn't like me. Also, the essays we do in her class are 35% of our grade and she converts the 0-9 scale into 0-100. Does anyone have any advice for improving my writing skills to help my grade? I am just so frustrated in this class because right now (according to her grading) I am averaging about a 5 on the AP scale but I think I am doing/capable of doing better.
  • HritikKumarHritikKumar Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I can't write essays point blank
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,674 Senior Member
    Then this test probably isn't for you, @HritikKumar . There are other exams.
  • logosoverpathosmlogosoverpathosm Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    Is there any way of actually studying for the exam other than just practicing? My teacher told us not to worry about studying at all
  • ShrimpBurritoShrimpBurrito Registered User Posts: 1,380 Senior Member
    My D's AP Lang teacher has been assigning timed essays (same format as AP exam) every day for the past two weeks. Of course she isn't able to give detailed feedback on all of them, but D says it is really helping her get a feel for the pacing.
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