Read 'em and Weave: The AP English Language Synthesis Question (Synthesis Essay)

Angie Kratzer
Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
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This 44-page PDF is also provided in Google Slides for distance learning. It slows down and stretches the process a student must use to be successful on the AP English Language & Composition (AP Lang, AP Language) synthesis question (or synthesis essay). What he or she will do in May within a 55-minute time frame has been stretched to ten lesson plans here, each of which will take 60 to 90 minutes to facilitate.

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Each lesson plan includes materials needed, essential question, "I can" statement, activator, teacher input, student active participation, and summary. All materials are provided on Google Slides, and student exercises include editable text boxes.

This resource has been updated to reflect 2019 changes to the scoring rubric. Each lesson plan includes the AP skills listed in the new Course and Exam Description.


Directions for Google Slides

Lesson 1: Defining Synthesis (Handouts A through J)

Lesson 2: Breaking Down the Prompt (Handout K)

Lesson 3: Conversing with Sources (Handouts L through N)

Lesson 4: Image Analysis (Handout O)

Lesson 5: Political Cartoon Analysis (Handout P)

Lesson 6: Embedding Source Material (Handouts Q and R)

Lesson 7: Timed Practice #1 (Handouts S and T)

Lesson 8: Synthesis Prompt Project (Handouts U through W)

Lesson 9: Timed Practice #2

Linked Prompts

Formatted Lined Paper

Lesson 10: Thinking Like a Reader (Handouts X and Y)

This unit is designed on the premise that students have already learned how to construct an argument. Here, students learn to deal with the synthesis prompt and incorporate information from sources. Some elements of argument are addressed; however, this resource will not equip a teacher to start from scratch.

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AP English Language BASICS BUNDLE ($37)

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AP English Language Multiple Choice Mini Practice BUNDLE #1 ($16)

AP English Language Multiple Choice Mini Practice BUNDLE #2 ($16)


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


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