Parenting Essay


Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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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.

The Glass Castle Winter Break Assignment

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All 11th Grade AP Language students need to post comments here over the break about Jeanette Walls’s memoir, The Glass Castle.

  1. You must post at least one original comment (at least a paragraph in response to the memoir).
  2. You must also comment in response to another student’s post.
  3. Use this as a place to ask questions or ask for clarification about the book.

Keep comments, academic appropriate and book-related. Mr. Nittle reserves the right to delete any off-topic or inappropriate comments.

All comments are due Friday, 1/17/14!

For the writing assignment related to the book, click to download the file: Glass Castle Winter Assignment.