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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.
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
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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