After they are familiar with the AP Language open-ended response questions, in small groups (or independently, depending on your goal), students create their own AP Synthesis, Rhetorical Analysis, and Argument questions with very specific guidelines.
Students found this activity incredibly helpful in understanding the structure and content of (and endless possibilities for) each question.
We had just completed the Wealth and Poverty and the Language Units when I assigned this, so I had them use one of those two topics for the Synthesis. For Rhetorical Analysis, I gave them the options of our previous units. For Argument, I assigned four broad topic options to each group and had them pick one. However, you could sub in any topics you want to.