Synthesis Essay Unit for AP™ English Language & Composition | Synthesis Question

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This cross-text synthesis unit slows down and stretches the process an AP™️ Language student must use for the exam free response Question 1 (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 changes to the scoring rubric. Each lesson plan includes the AP™️ skills listed in the new Course and Exam Description.


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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

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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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Use words, phrases, and clauses 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.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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