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

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As a first year AP Lang teacher, this resource made teaching the synthesis essay easy! The unit enabled my students to tackle Q1 with ease.
This source was useful in explaining the Synthesis essay over distance learning. It can also easily be converted to paper files to print off and share in class. Highly recommend this resource.
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Are your student struggling with synthesis skills? This ten-lesson writing unit slows down and stretches the process an student must use for the AP™ Lang exam free response Question 1. What a student will do in May for Question 1 has been stretched to ten lesson plans here, each of which will take 60 to 90 minutes to facilitate.

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.


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)

Ways to Use This Unit

✏️ Introduce the synthesis essay in an AP Language class.

✏️ Pull lessons as needed for DBQs in AP history classes.

✏️ Incorporate lessons into a longer research paper unit.

✏️ Use lesson plans in small group remediation sessions.

✏️ Teach the synthesis process remotely.

Stellar Reviews

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I have used this to help me prepare my lessons for my new AP™ Lang class. It is thorough and I appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this resource. I feel more confident going into my first year as an AP Lang teacher. Michelle H.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This unit was a lifesaver for me. As an experienced AP™ teacher but new to Language and Comp, I needed the framework this provided to help me guide my students through the synthesis question. It was very easy to use and I loved the digital component. Melissa R.

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. If you need a resource for teaching argumentation and persuasion, take a look at Argumentative & Persuasive Writing. For help teaching students how to summarize and paraphrase, check out Ramen Noodle Summarizing and Cow Cud Paraphrasing. The three products are BUNDLED TOGETHER HERE at a significant discount.

This unit is included in an AP English Language & Composition Product BUNDLE which offers all of Angie’s AP products at a HUGE discount.

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3 Weeks
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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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