My AP Language and Composition students desperately struggle with the Rhetorical Analysis. Through my years of teaching this course, I have developed a catch all packet that covers the various components of rhetorical analysis. Not only will this packet provide a reference for the RA prompt, but it provides hints, lists, and explanations for all things AP Lang & Comp.
The 10-page, fully editable packet contains all the elements and ideas that students need to effectively address AP writing. It includes: an overview of the rhetorical triangle; the explanation of and academic language for diction, syntax, tone, imagery, details, point of view, tone, and message; a brief guide to annotation; a chart explaining the PASTA method of analysis; a basic AP rhetorical analysis thesis stem with examples; the rhetorical analysis rubric; a list of rhetorical analysis power verbs; a list of tone words; an explanation of the AEC writing model; discussion of shift, pacing, and irony; a Graff Template for argument analysis; and a sliding AP grading conversion scale for essays and multiple choice that increases rigor throughout the school year.
I order a booklet style copy of this packet for each of my students and introduce it to them during the first days of the school year. They must have it with them each day and I reference it often as I teach the various lessons. I also allow them to use the packets while they annotate and write during the first semester.
This packet is a must have resource for all Advanced Placement Language and Composition classes. Your students will thank you for providing such a useful resource and this packet will save you valuable time energy in the classroom.
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