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AP English Literature Notes

In this section, you'll find study notes for AP English Literature. Each study guide comes complete with practice exercises and thorough solution explanations. There are also helpful study strategies on how to tactfully answer multiple-choice, prose passage essay, poetry essay, and free-response essay questions on the AP exam. Browse through this AP English literature information center and you’ll be one step closer to getting a 5 on your AP exam.

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  • 1.

    Reading and Notating the Prose Passage for AP English Literature

    Depending on your style and comfort level, choose one of these approaches to your reading: Read quickly to get the gist of the passage. Reread, using the visual and marginal notes approach.

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • 2.

    Writing the Prose Passage Essay for AP English Literature

    Writing the Opening Statement Your opening statement is the one that sets the tone of your essay and possibly raises the expectations of the reader. Spend time on your first paragraph to maximize your score. Make certain that your topic is very clear. This reinforces ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • 3.

    Sample Prose Passage Essays for AP English Literature

    Following are two actual student essays followed by a rubric and comments on each. Read both of the samples in sequence to clarify the differences between "high" and "mid-range" essays. Student Essay A A picture is worth a thousand words, but James ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Introduction to the Poetry Essay for AP English Literature

    Introduction to the Poetry Essay It's obvious to any reader that poetry is different from prose. And, writing about each is different also. This chapter will guide you through the expectations and processes associated with the AP Poetry section. What is the purpose ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Writing the Poetry Essay for AP English Literature

    Poem Prompt: In "On the Subway," Sharon Olds brings two worlds into close proximity. Identify the contrasts that develop both portraits in the poem and discuss the insights the narrator comes to as a result of the experience. Refer to such ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • 6.

    The Free-Response Essay Prompts and Rubrics for AP English Literature

    Types of Free-Response Prompts Here are some topics that could be the basis for a free-response prompt. We also include some suggested works for these. The journey as a major force in a work. (Gulliver's Travels, As I Lay Dying, The Stranger, The ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Writing the Free-Response Essay for AP English Literature

    Essay Prompt: Often in literature, a literal or figurative journey is a significant factor in the development of a character or the meaning of the work. Choose a full-length work and write a well-organized essay in which you discuss the literal and/or ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Free-Response Sample Essays for AP English Literature

    Here are two actual student essays that are followed by a rubric and comments on each essay. Student Essay A The journey taken by Edna in Kate Chopin's The Awakening exemplifies the journey that is a very common feature in many works of literature. This journey ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional

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