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The tips to help you get a 9! :D

By: Jessica Satin, Bryana Wilson, Andris Gomez, Kathleen Gonzales

Step 1: Read the question and understand what they are asking.

  • Circle it, star it, underline it, anything you have to do to remember it; it is what the graders will be looking for in your essay.

Step 2: Choose a work of literature that you feel would best answer the question.

  • Frankenstein, The Awakening, The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, anything from comp&lit, anything from outside reading… anything you know well that is “AP” approved.
  • Ebere, you can’t use Harry Potter. Sucks. :\\

Step 3: Plan and outline your essay in 2-3 mins.

  • What motifs, symbols, diction, allusions, imagery, and figurative language are you going to write about?
  • You can’t write about everything in the novel or play, just use 2-3 literary techniques that you know best and feel can answer this question well.
  • Make sure you have one quote that will help answer this question.

Step 4: Develop a clear thesis, which will answer the question.

  • TAG.
  • Make sure the question is being answered.
  • If there are two parts, address both parts.kite-runner-book-jacket.jpg
  • Do not pull a “Jesse” and overanalyze this part. It should be clear and brief.

Step 5: Write the essay.

  • Make sure you keep the task in mind. ANSWER the question.
  • Use “AP” vocabulary.
    • Meaning do not use “says” or “happy” every single sentence. There are other verbs and adjectives that can be used.
  • Do not repeat key ideas over and over again.
    • It’s not cute and the reader will get tired of hearing you say the same thing again.
  • Look back once in a while to make sure the thesis is being proved.
  • The conclusion is just wrapping up the essay with a few sentences. Do not introduce any new ideas.

Step 6: If you have time, look back and check your grammar.


Other Tips ;D

  • Let your style show. Be creative. (awoee ;))
  • Don’t go on about outside information, unless it has to do with the question.
  • Avoid loquaciousness, that means YOU Jesse Young.
  • However, it doesn’t mean be simple. Expand on the ideas.

Important Quotes to Remember!

"Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi!" The Awakening

"Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!" Frankenstein

"For you, a thousand times over!" The Kite Runner

"One thing's sure and nothing's surer
The rich get richer and the poor get - children" The Great Gatsby

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