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AP Literature FRQ 3 Literary Argument Prompt Practice A Thousand Splendid Suns

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10th - 12th
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For each book that we read in my AP Literature class, I have students complete an FRQ 3 assignment so that they are continually practicing the skills for that essay. I have found that breaking apart the prompts helps them practice answering all parts thoroughly. This AP Literature practice provides students with three FRQ 3 literary argument prompts specifically chosen for Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns and questions that help "break down" the prompts so students learn to answer all parts of their FRQs. This activity would also work as a great activity or assessment for non-AP students who have read the book in class (I often use FRQ 3 prompts for my non-AP students myself). Enjoy!

This Google Doc resource includes:

  • Completely editable template (I have my students use and submit the template, but you could also print it)
  • A prompt to create a theme statement (I have my students create a theme statement for every text so that they are continually thinking about the “meaning of the work as a whole”)
  • An example theme statement
  • One close reading question
  • Three FRQ 3 prompts specifically chosen for Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns along with tasks for each that help students “break down” what each question is asking
  • A final question asking students to choose one of the three prompts they feel most prepared to answer using A Thousand Splendid Suns as their text
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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