AP Lit/Lang Essays

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Essay Prompt for 12th Grade AP Literature

Based on one of the following novels:

  • Amaya, Rudolfo.  Bless Me, Ultima.
  • Cather, Willa.  My Antonia.
  • Hosseini, Khaled.  The Kite Runner.
  • Joyce, James.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt.  Slaughterhouse-Five.

Choose one of the “lenses” of literary theory.  Write a critical essay about the novel of your choice through the “lens” of a literary critic.  Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.  Also, discuss symbolism/allusions in the text.  Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines.

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Essay Prompt for 11th Grade AP Language

Based on the memoir: Walls, Jeannette.  The Glass Castle.

Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, establishes a unique tone to convey her story.  Write a critical essay about Walls’ text, The Glass Castle, analyzing her persuasive appeals, rhetorical techniques/strategies and use of language.  Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.  Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines.

Hamlet Resources

Hamlet

Students, below are some resources for Hamlet:

Due Friday, 9/27:

  • Read Act 2 (Prepare for Socratic Seminar on Thursday, 9/26)
  • Hamlet Soliloquy Essay: Typed, 1 page max, MLA Format. Choose one soliloquy and analyze the text (Formalist lens), using quotes (not block quotes). Create a strong thesis and support with textual evidence: Hamlet: Act I, scene ii (pg. 14-15) or Polonius: Act I, scene iii (pg. 20-21).

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