The 2003 B AP English Language and Composition essay prompt was an argument from a passage from Scott Russell Sanders’, “The Common Life.” This resource helps students learn the context for the essay where Sanders argues for community. The students will form an opinion that defends, challenges, or qualifies Sanders’ ideas.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the important of community. There is a link to a Ted Talk on community and a written speech by Scott Russell Sanders titled, “The Geography of Somewhere.” There is also an appreciation of a diverse Aurora, Colorado community.
The lessons feature a link to the 2003 B AP Language prompt on community, with student examples and commentary. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for the rhetorical analysis essay. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, community, individuals, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom