Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this post! I am currently a junior taking AP English among other AP and honors courses. I am a highly dedicated student and I am willing to put in however much effort it takes to earn an A, but AP English has me a bit confused about what exactly I need to do.
I got a 6 out of 9 on our the first AP Write that doesn’t count toward our grade because we hadn’t been taught anything. We have another AP Write in a few days that actually counts for our grade, so I want to get a 7 which is an A. This means that I need to write an essay that is worth a 6 but has “a magical moment.” I asked my teacher today what constitutes a magical moment in her mind, but she said that based on the performance on our last essay our class “isn’t ready” to learn what that is. I am completely baffled - I feel that without her telling me what a magical moment is I can only plateau at a 6 and I can’t take the next step, I feel that I am putting in lots of effort to have one-on-one conversations with her to show that I care and want to put in the work that it takes to succeed yet she isn’t reciprocating that effort to tell me how to succeed, and I don’t understand why she isn’t giving me all the information that I need to excel at my fullest potential. I’m not sure what I need to do when my teacher won’t help me, so my questions are - how can I prepare for this AP Write so that I get the grade I want, how have you created “a magical moment” in your essays, and what does it take to succeed in AP English?