The Rhetor's Toolbox
AP Essay Scoring Calibration Handout & Planning Ideas
Norming essays according to the holistic AP rubric takes practice, and students sometimes struggle with what is expected of them in order to score higher. This handout breaks down major characteristics of essays so that
This ever-growing bundle of Assertion Journals includes every quotation set from The Rhetor's Toolbox. Challenge your students to blend close reading, rhetorical analysis, and argumentation skills as they broaden their world views! Assertion journals--written responses to pithy quotations--are an in
Standards-Based Planning and Data Tracking for 9-10th Common Core Reading Literature by the Rhetor's Toolbox
Sample the Standards-Based Planning and Data Tracking for 9-10th Common Core ELA/Literacy with this download, which contains:
*9-10th CC ELA Reading Standards, broken into manageable learn
Analyzing syntax is elusive to many students, but these resources will help your classes master the art of analyzing sentence structure. These are not kill-and-drill worksheets; they're interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking tools that will challenge your students to really dig in to the compl
This complete, ready-to-go unit will excite students and help you establish a classroom community. The lessons and activities will get students talking, goal-setting, moving, reading, and writing as they explore what it means to be an AP Language and Composition student. EDITABLE lesson plans and Po
This complete, ready-to-go unit will excite students and help you establish a classroom community. The lessons and activities will get students writing, discussing, researching, analyzing, and arguing as they explore the purpose of language and the relationship between language and society. EDITABLE
These student reference sheets for synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argumentation are an easy-to-use tool that AP Language and Composition students will turn to again and again. Perfect for introducing the course, teaching each essay, or end-of-the-year review, these “cheat sheets” are available
Challenge your students to blend close reading and argumentation skills as they broaden their world views! Assertion journals--written responses to pithy quotations--are an integral part of my classroom. Through them, students learn to think critically, analyze, and argue. They are frequently cited
Empower your students to think critically about ANY TEXT with this highly engaging rhetorical analysis game! Students will beg to play KABOOM as a review, discussion, or oral rehearsal for upcoming assessment.
To play KABOOM, students draw rhetorical analysis questions from a cup. If they answer
Increase students’ facility for rhetorical analysis of complex texts with three AP Language and Composition-style multiple choice passages.
Multiple choice is a daunting part of the AP Language and Composition exam. This practice pack will help students internalize the habits of strong readers. St
The lost art of the breakup letter is making a comeback! In this two- to three-day lesson, students will work in small groups to research argumentation structures, write persuasive love letters in response to a vicious breakup scenario, and present their thinking for the class to construct understa
Help your students develop close reading and rhetorical analysis skills with this discounted bundle of organizers, activities, and assessments!This bundle helps you teach rhetorical analysis to ALL students. -Support close reading skills with Costa's Levels of Questioning, close reading organizers,
Teach students to read closely through levels of questioning. Costa’s levels of questioning are the perfect Common-Core-aligned tools to help students develop awareness and agency over their own reading processes.Inside, you’ll find alignment charts to Common Core standards in grades 6-12, my lesson
Students will beg, plead, implore you to play The Game again and again. Year after year, my students cite The Game as one of their most memorable, provocative, and useful activities.
This team-based approach introduces students to argumentation based on what they already know and do. Students will
Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This 13-page document includes Constructing Meaning-style text of Elie Wiesel's "Perils of Indifference" speech. In the right margin, students are asked to work with vocabulary and rhetorical analy
Are you looking for a differentiated project to increase your students' engagement and choice while holding them accountable for rhetorical analysis skills and knowledge? This multi-option portfolio assignment allows students opportunities to exercise their creativity while honing key rhetorical ana
Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This bundle includes Constructing Meaning-style guided annotations of three powerful texts. Each text is included in full. In the left margin, students are asked to work with vocabulary and rhetori
Help your students improve their concentration and relieve stress with research-backed Brain Breaks. This collection of activities is perfect for middle and high school students (even upper-classmen!) Prep is minimal; you'll get printer-friendly pages (just print, copy, and go) and projector-friendl
Help students master the art of close reading with two analysis graphic organizers. In the first template, students use rhetorical analysis strategies to analyze texts through the PASTA device. Students are prompted to craft side-by-side summaries and rhetorical precis; they are also asked to provid
Challenge your students at ALL levels to think critically about Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Students will read and annotate Plato's text. Then, they'll demonstrate understanding of the text through a creative, analytical, or practical approach. Students will share their thinking and discuss the te
Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This Constructing Meaning-style text of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is two pages, double-spaced, with line numbers. In the right margin, students are asked to work with vocabulary and co
This extensive Ultimate Tone List will give your students a bank of sophisticated words to use in their analysis of complex texts. Two versions provide you options for differentiation and flexibility if you move levels. In Version #1, words are grouped by connotation (positive, negative, neutral) an
Help your students improve the precision and power of their writing!
This student handout provides over 100 verbs to help students write effective analysis and nearly 400 verbs to help students write stronger arguments. Suitable for all levels of students, this alphabetized list is a useful tool th
Help students master the art of rhetorical analysis with five annotation and critical thinking stations. Annotation Stations are a perfect way to differentiate and provide structured work time as students practice analyzing rhetorical techniques. Use them with ANY informational text. Each station ha