Professor Rebekah Hendershot focuses on the nuances of rhetoric and how to score a 5 on the AP English Language & Composition exam. She condenses a college composition course while focusing on the multiple choice and essay writing portions of the AP test.

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I. Introduction

  Introduction 13:08
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:11 
   Why Does This Test Exist? 0:29 
   What is Rhetoric? 0:47 
    Definition 0:48 
    If You Can't Express Your Thoughts Clearly and Logically, You're Not Thinking Clearly 0:59 
   Why Does Rhetoric Matter? 3:21 
    Writing Papers 3:33 
    Participating in Debates 3:49 
    Discussing Ideas in Class 4:01 
    Arguing with Your Friends 4:13 
   So Why Take a Test on Rhetoric 4:28 
    Show You Know Your Way Around an Argument 4:36 
   What's on The Test? 5:27 
    Section 1: Multiple Choice 5:33 
    Section 2: Free Response 6:01 
   How is the Test Scored? 7:55 
   How This Course Will Work 10:14 
    Introduction 10:24 
    Multiple Choice 10:29 
    Essay Basics 10:50 
    Rhetoric Crash Course 11:20 
    The Rhetorical Analysis Essay 12:11 
    The Argumentative Essay 12:21 
    The Synthesis Essay 12:30 
    Final Thoughts 12:41 

II. Multiple-Choice section

  Multiple Choice Overview 7:34
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Question Structure 0:41 
    Multiple Choice Section 0:43 
    Answer Questions About These 1:33 
   Selection Sources 2:12 
    Works Written in 19th and 20th Centuries 2:15 
    Selections Were Written in English or Translated 2:51 
   It's All About Variety! 3:16 
   Basic Test-Taking Strategies 3:52 
    Read the Passage First 3:56 
    Read for the Big Picture 4:41 
    Do Everything Twice 5:01 
    Use the Process of Elimination 6:09 
  How to Read & Interpret a Passage 10:18
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Read for the Big Picture 0:30 
    Concentrate on the Following 0:42 
    Big-Picture Questions Often Come at the Beginning and End Set of Questions 1:09 
   What to Look For 1:25 
    The Author's Goal 1:29 
    The Author's Tone 2:22 
    The Author's Point of View 4:13 
   Hunting for Details 5:11 
    Read Questions and Hunt for Details 5:21 
    Detail Questions that Reference Specific Lines 5:37 
    Detail Questions Depend on Context 6:02 
    Detail Questions Often Depend on Vocabulary 6:27 
    Clues to the Big Picture 7:11 
   Final Tips 7:54 
    When Answering Detail Questions, Read for Content and Context 8:05 
    Pace Yourself 8:17 
    Skip & Go Back to Questions 8:41 
  Multiple Choice Practice 13:33
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Source Passage 0:25 
   Read the Passage 0:59 
   The Questions 1:23 
   Big-Picture Questions 1:50 
    Question 3 1:51 
    Question 8 3:10 
    Question 10 4:18 
   Detail Questions 5:32 
    Question 1 5:35 
    Question 2 6:52 
    Question 4 7:55 
    Question 5 8:41 
    Question 6 10:06 
    Question 7 10:59 
    Question 9 11:47 
   Final Tips 12:45 

III. Essay Basics

  AP Essay Section 9:02
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Format of the Essay Section 0:33 
    120 Minutes to Answer Three Essay Questions 0:36 
    15-Minute Reading Period 0:49 
    55 Percent of Your Grade 1:14 
    Bring Pens 1:34 
   Content of the Essay Section 1:49 
    Rhetorical Analysis/ Expository 1:53 
    Argumentative Essay 2:07 
    Synthesis Essay 2:32 
   Who's Reading These Essays? 2:57 
    High-School, College and University Instructors 3:06 
    They're Unfamiliar with Your Style of Writing 3:27 
    Cannot Tailor Your Essay to Their Personal Preferences 3:45 
    Most Essays are Read at Least Twice for Consistency 4:49 
    Readers Give About 65% of the Essays They Read a Middling Score 4:59 
    Relieve the Monotony and Make Your Essay Stand Out! 5:20 
   Why Do These Essays Matter? 5:29 
    55% of Your Grade 5:34 
    Display Your Unique talents and Think Outside the Box 5:58 
    Essays Intimidate Many Students 6:12 
   How Are These Essays Different? 6:54 
    No Chance to Revise 7:00 
    Can't Study Subject Matter in Advance 7:39 
    Form and Writing Style Matter as Much as Content 7:59 
    Writing Audience 8:21 
  AP Essay Section Scoring 10:58
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Holistic Scoring 0:43 
    Essays Will Not Be Graded According to a Checklist 0:51 
    Score Reflects the Overall Quality of Your Essay 0:58 
    ETS Table Leaders Choose Real Essays from Each Year's Crop to Represent Typical Essays of Each Level 1:18 
    A Reader Will End Up Re-Reading and Re-Correcting Certain Essays at Random 2:06 
   What the Reader Wants 2:38 
    Easy to Score Essay 2:44 
    Interesting Essay 3:19 
   Scoring Guide 4:05 
    Scores 8-9 4:10 
    Scores 6-7 5:15 
    Scores 5 5:58 
    Scores 3-4 7:06 
    Scores 1-2 7:54 
    Scores 0 and - 8:25 
   The Two Secrets of Essay Scores 8:49 
    Clarity is Everything 8:59 
    It's All About Level 5 9:37 
  Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score 9:28
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Formatting Tips 0:36 
    Neatness Counts 0:39 
    Indent Your Paragraphs 2:23 
   Writing Tips 3:39 
    Write Perfectly 3:42 
    Write with Flair 4:55 
   Content Tips 5:59 
    Answer the Question 6:04 
    Take a Few Risks 6:31 
   Test-Taking Strategies 7:06 
    Budget Your Time 7:11 
    Order Your Essays 8:18 

IV. Rhetoric

  Rhetoric Crash Course: Claims 14:18
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:11 
   The Three Elements of Argument 0:34 
    Claim 1:02 
    Support 1:09 
    Warrant 1:14 
   An Example 1:27 
   What is a Claim? 3:12 
    Define Claim/ Proposition 3:15 
    Conclusion of Argument 3:25 
    Thesis Statement 3:41 
   Types of Claims 3:51 
    Claims of Fact 3:55 
    Claims of Value 4:18 
    Claims of Policy 4:48 
   Claims of Fact 5:19 
    Defining Characteristic 5:21 
    To Evaluate a Claim of Fact 6:39 
   Claims of Value 8:33 
    Defining Characteristic 8:35 
    To Evaluate a Claim of Value 9:17 
   Claims of Policy 11:19 
    Defining Characteristic 11:21 
    To Evaluate a Claim of Policy 11:50 
  Rhetoric Crash Course: Support 14:26
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   The Three Elements of Argument 0:34 
    Claim 0:56 
    Support 1:03 
    Warrant 1:09 
   An Example 1:17 
   What is Support? 2:01 
    Information Provided to Back Up a Claim 2:03 
    Usually Shows Up in the Body Paragraphs 2:10 
   Types of Support 2:21 
    Evidence 2:23 
    Appeals to Needs and Values 2:53 
   Factual Evidence 3:26 
   Opinions 4:52 
    Four Forms 5:03 
   Evaluation of Evidence 5:43 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Factual Evidence 5:46 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Statistics 7:21 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Opinions 8:23 
   Appeals to Needs 9:35 
    Physiological Needs 10:01 
    Safety Needs 10:13 
    Love Needs 10:26 
    Esteem Needs 10:45 
    Self-Actualization Needs 11:04 
   Appeals to Values 11:27 
    Needs Give Rise to Values 11:30 
    Different Groups Will Interpret Values Differently 11:54 
    Knowing Your Audience's Values Will Help 12:41 
   Evaluation of Appeals to Needs and Values 12:52 
    Have the Values Been Clearly Defined? 12:57 
    Are They Prominent in the Audience's Hierarchy? 13:14 
    Is It Clearly Related to the Needs and Values Being Addressed? 13:51 
  Rhetoric Crash Course: Warrants 10:29
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:11 
   The Three Elements of Argument 0:38 
    Claim 0:52 
    Support 1:00 
    Warrant 1:09 
   An Example 1:17 
   What is a Warrant? 1:53 
    Definition 2:01 
    May Not Be Stated At All in Your Essay 2:28 
   Types of Warrants 3:14 
    Authoritative Warrants 3:19 
    Substantive Warrants 4:03 
    Motivational Warrants 5:10 
   Evaluation of Warrants 5:32 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Authoritative Warrants 5:44 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Substantive Warrants 6:43 
    Ask These Questions to Evaluate Motivational Warrants 9:07 
  Rhetoric Crash Course: Logical Fallacies 19:17
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What is a Fallacy? 0:24 
    Inductive Fallacies 0:44 
    Deductive Fallacies 0:57 
   Hasty Generalization 1:42 
    Example 2:02 
   Faulty Use of Authority 2:32 
    Example 3:16 
   Post Hoc 3:45 
    Example 4:11 
   False Analogy 5:08 
    Example 5:32 
   Ad Hominem 6:18 
    Example 6:56 
   False Dilemma / Black-White 7:25 
    Example 7:39 
   Slippery Slope 8:25 
    Example 9:01 
   Begging the Question 9:38 
    Example 9:57 
   Straw Man 10:40 
    Example 11:09 
   Two Wrongs Make a Right 12:32 
    Example 12:48 
   Non Sequitur 13:29 
    Example 13:58 
   Ad Populum 14:45 
    Example 15:19 
   Appeal to Tradition 15:52 
    Example 16:19 
   Faulty Emotional Appeals 17:02 
    Example 18:05 
  Basic Rhetorical Modes 11:18
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   What is a Rhetorical Mode? 0:27 
    Ready-Made Approaches to Writing Essays 0:33 
    Some Multiple-Choice Questions Will Use Terminology Associated with Rhetorical Modes 0:49 
   Example / Illustration 1:03 
    Use Examples That Your Reader Will Understand 1:35 
    Draw Examples From Real Life 1:59 
    Introduce Your Examples Using Transitions 2:49 
    Examples to Illustrate Your Point 3:03 
    Discard Examples That May Disprove Your Point 3:42 
   Classification 4:20 
    Writer Organizes People, Places, Things, or Ideas into Categories 4:25 
    Classification Works Best When You Are Asked to Analyze or Explain Something 4:49 
    Sort Your Info Into Meaningful Groups 5:14 
    Make Sure the Categories Do Not Overlap 5:54 
   Comparison and Contrast 6:49 
    Organize Your Essay Around the Qualities Being Discussed 7:31 
    Do Your Best to Combine Elements into a Limited Number of Groups 8:24 
   Analogy 8:57 
    Russell's Teapot Example 9:19 
    Expository Writing (Explanation) 10:05 
  Complex Rhetorical Modes 14:22
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What is a Rhetorical Mode? 0:31 
   Process Analysis 0:56 
    Describe in Chronological Order 1:21 
    Use Appropriate Terminology 1:42 
   Cause and Effect 2:18 
    This Mode Is All About Underlying Causes 2:32 
    Don’t Confuse a Connection in Time or Space with True Cause and Effect 3:05 
   Definition 3:48 
    Keep Your Reason for Defining Something in Mind as You're Writing 5:06 
    Define Key Terms According to What You Know of Your Audience 5:19 
   Description 6:10 
    Use All Five Senses 7:21 
    Place the Most Striking Examples at the Beginnings and Ends of Your Paragraphs 7:41 
    Focus on Distinctive Mannerisms When Describing People 8:45 
   Narration 9:47 
    Structure Events in Chronological Order 10:35 
    Provide a Realistic Setting 10:54 
   Induction and Deduction 12:00 
    Induction 12:08 
    Deduction 12:32 
    When Using Inductive Reasoning, Proceed from the Specific to the General 13:01 
    When Using Deductive Reasoning, Proceed from the General to the Specific 13:34 

V. Rhetorical Analysis Essay

  The Rhetorical Analysis Essay 6:17
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What is a Rhetorical Analysis Essay? 0:38 
    Definition 0:41 
    Prompt 0:54 
   What a Rhetorical Analysis Essay Isn't 1:09 
    Not a Chance for You to Show Off Your Own Rhetorical Skills 1:14 
    Not an Opportunity to Refute the Text 1:28 
   Read the Prompt Carefully (Twice) 2:07 
    First Time 2:11 
    Second Time 2:33 
   Looks for the Elements of Argument 3:05 
    Claim, Warrant, Support 3:11 
    Claim is Important 3:29 
   Look for Point of View 4:03 
   Look for Rhetorical Strategies 4:50 
  The Rhetorical Analysis Prompt 7:31
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What is a Rhetorical Analysis Essay 0:27 
    Definition 0:31 
    Prompt 0:44 
   Read the Prompt - Twice 0:56 
    First Time 1:00 
    Second Time 1:14 
   Reading the Text 1:31 
    Skimming is Fine 1:44 
   What to Look For 2:01 
    Elements of Argument 2:03 
    Unusual Language 2:31 
    Why Were the Examples Chosen 2:44 
    Keep In Mind the Purpose 3:05 
    Look for the Rhetorical Modes 3:20 
   How to Answer 4:07 
    Outline 4:11 
    Answer the Question You're Being Asked! 4:34 
    Begin with a Brief Hook 5:03 
    Provide a 'Road Map' 5:29 
    Line Up Your Support with Your Strongest Material 6:10 
  Rhetorical Analysis Practice 12:08
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:08 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:52 
   Analyzing the Prompt 1:19 
    It Offers Background Info 1:22 
    It Gives the Context of the Speech 1:52 
    It has a Focus 2:15 
   Reading the Text 2:36 
    How She Begins 2:46 
    Uses a Series of Examples 2:57 
    Appeals to Sentiment 3:15 
    Use of Description and Narration 3:41 
    Analogy 3:50 
    As the Piece Moves On… 3:56 
    Proposes Her Solution 4:20 
    Appeal to Patriotism 4:46 
   Scoring Guidelines 5:04 
    Score of 9 5:10 
    Score of 8 5:30 
    Score of 7 5:54 
    Score of 6 6:04 
   The Sample Essays 6:14 
    Sample 2A, Score of 8 6:23 
    Rule of Three 6:35 
    Sample is Notable for its Language 6:56 
    Sample 2B, Score of 6 7:51 
    Imprecision 8:30 
    Sample 2C, Score of 1 9:12 
   Tips for the Rhetorical Analysis Essay 10:44 
    Look for the Elements of Argument 10:52 
    Language! 11:04 
    Outline 11:23 
    Don't Over-Quote 11:45 

VI. Argumentative Essay

  The Argumentative Essay 10:22
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   What is an Argumentative Essay? 0:33 
    Definition 0:35 
    Refute, Support or Qualify 0:52 
   The Good News 1:20 
    Express Yourself! 1:28 
    There's No Correct Answer 1:58 
    The Essay is Easily Identified 2:16 
   Read the Prompt Carefully (Twice) 2:29 
    First Time: Underline the Directions Given 2:34 
    Second Time: Look for Anything You Might Have Missed 3:20 
   Find the Main Idea 3:43 
    Three Elements 3:48 
    Claim 3:53 
   Take a Clear Stand 4:55 
    Good to Refute the Claim You Can Reasonably Do So 5:33 
   Construct Your Argument 6:41 
    What Warrant Connects Your Support to Your Claim? 6:58 
    Have You Organized Your Essay to best Reflect the Strength of Your Argument? 7:42 
   Remember the Little Things! 8:01 
    Write in the Present Tense 8:03 
    Everything the Author Says or Does is Always Described in the Present Tense 8:27 
    Use the Past Tense for Historical Facts 9:02 
    Watch Your Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation 9:11 
    Make Sure Your First Paragraph is Neat 9:24 
    Take a Few Risks with Your Language 9:53 
  The Argumentative Prompt 8:19
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What is an Argumentative Essay? 0:35 
    Definition 0:39 
    Refute, Support or Qualify 0:51 
   Read the Prompt - Twice 1:08 
    First Time: Underline the Directions Given 1:15 
    Second Time: Look for Anything You Might Have Missed 2:05 
   Reading the Text 2:17 
   What to Look For 2:45 
    Elements of Argument 2:47 
    Hooks 3:05 
    Obvious Flaws 3:28 
   Choosing Your Side 3:42 
    Which Side Do You Feel Most Strongly About? 4:01 
    Do You Have Two or Three Strong Examples? 4:55 
   How to Answer 5:54 
    Answer the Question You're Being Asked 6:09 
    Use Multiple Types of Examples 6:28 
    Begin with a Brief Hook 6:47 
    Provide a Road Map 7:00 
    Write in Present Tense and Use the First-Person Singular 7:57 
  Argumentative Practice 13:01
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:48 
    Question #3 1:04 
   Analyzing the Prompt 1:17 
    Background Information 1:24 
    Focus 1:51 
    Demand 2:02 
   Reading the Text 2:18 
    He Explains Why it Should Not Exist 2:38 
    He Claims That Because American Society is Founded on the Principles of the Rights of Man 2:52 
    Specific Examples 3:12 
    Define Concord 3:39 
   What's the Big Idea? 4:25 
    Paine's Main Idea 4:31 
   Scoring Guidelines 4:54 
    Score of 9 5:02 
    Score of 8, 7 or 6 5:31 
   The Sample Essays 6:02 
    Sample 3a; Score of 9 6:06 
    Sophistication of Style 6:28 
    Use of Analogies 7:36 
    Command of Language 8:04 
    Sample 3b; Score of 5 8:27 
    Sample 3c; Score of 1 10:23 
   Tips for the Argumentative Essay 11:57 
    Language! 12:02 
    Underlying Structure 12:15 
    Blend Your Evidence With Your Opinion 12:27 

VII. Synthesis Essay

  The Synthesis Essay 9:19
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:08 
   What is a Synthesis Essay? 0:35 
    Involves Multiple Sources 0:53 
   Why Do I Have to Write One? 1:08 
    Need to Read and Evaluate Multiple Sources in College 1:44 
    Prove You Know How to Write a Good Research Paper 2:00 
    It's About Your Skills 2:12 
   Read the Prompt Carefully (Twice) 2:31 
    The First Time 3:14 
    The Second Time 2:36 
   Read the Texts - Sort Of 3:46 
    15-Minute Reading Period 3:50 
    Get Familiar with Details 4:29 
    Skimming is Okay 4:44 
   Find the Main Idea(s) 5:00 
    Text as Image 5:19 
    Common Symbols 5:35 
    Assume You'll Have to Interpret What You Read 5:53 
   Choose Your Sources 6:06 
    Don't Try to Use All the Sources 6:27 
    Not All Sources Will Be Relevant 6:59 
   Remember the Little Things! 7:26 
    Write in the Present Tense 7:34 
    Everything the Author Says or Does is Always Described in the Present Tense 8:06 
    Use the Past Tense for Historical Facts 8:32 
    Watch Your Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation 8:43 
    Make Sure Your First Paragraph is Neat 8:49 
    Take a Few Risks with Your Language 8:56 
  The Synthesis Prompt 8:30
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   What is a Synthesis Essay? 0:34 
    Involves Multiple Sources 0:51 
   Reading the Prompt - Twice 1:07 
    The First Time 1:12 
    The Second Time 1:43 
   How to Speed-Read Texts 2:10 
    Skim 2:22 
    Pay Attention to Language 2:37 
    Cross Out Texts You Don't Need 2:58 
   Interpreting Images 3:07 
    One Source Will be Visual 3:12 
    Look at Composition 3:29 
    Identifiable Symbols 4:32 
    Resemblance to Earlier Images? 4:54 
    Context of This Image 5:09 
   Follow Your Instincts 5:46 
    Use Sources That Connect to That Reaction 6:01 
    Check With Prompt 6:06 
   How to Answer 6:33 
    Outline 6:46 
    Include Your Analysis on What All the Sources' Opinions Mean 7:01 
    Report and Analyze, Not Opine. 7:40 
  Synthesis Practice 10:23
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:36 
   Analyzing the Prompt 0:57 
    Defines a Term 1:00 
    Hypothetical Situation 1:07 
    Demands 1:14 
   Reading the Texts 1:43 
    Source A 1:46 
    Source B 1:59 
    Source C 2:24 
    Source D 2:39 
    Source E 2:47 
    Source F 2:57 
    Source G 3:13 
   Some Possible Approaches 3:34 
    Variety of Arguments for Locavorism 4:03 
    You Must Use at Least Three Sources 4:15 
   Scoring Guidelines 4:34 
    Score of 9 4:42 
    Score of 8, 7 or 6 5:03 
   The Sample Essays 5:23 
    Sample 1A; Score of 8 5:28 
    Sample 1B; Score of 5 6:31 
    Sample 1C; Score of 3 7:46 
   Tips for the Synthesis Essay 8:59 
    Language Still Matters 9:04 
    Read the Prompt Carefully 9:12 
    Use a Lot of Sources 9:35 
    Don't Use Long Quotations or Summaries 9:40 
    No Right or Wrong Answer 10:00 

VIII. Test Walkthrough

  Multiple Choice Walkthrough, Part 1 24:26
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Where to Find the Questions 0:30 
   Reading the Passages 1:24 
   Passage 2 1:51 
   Big-Picture Questions 2:32 
    Question 11 2:33 
    Question 18 3:25 
    Question 21 4:31 
    Question 22 5:27 
   Detail Questions 6:34 
    Question 12 6:39 
    Question 13 7:34 
    Question 14 8:31 
    Question 15 9:16 
    Question 16 10:18 
    Question 17 11:08 
    Question 19 12:06 
    Question 20 12:57 
   Passage 3 13:46 
   Big-Picture Questions 14:07 
    Question 23 14:10 
    Question 33 15:07 
   Detail Questions 16:08 
    Question 24 16:11 
    Question 25 17:08 
    Question 26 17:48 
    Question 27 18:23 
    Question 28 19:36 
    Question 29 20:37 
    Question 30 21:49 
    Question 31 22:39 
    Question 32 23:16 
  Multiple Choice Walkthrough, Part 2 19:06
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Where to Find the Questions 0:25 
   Reading the Passages 1:07 
   Passage 4 1:31 
   Big Picture Questions 1:58 
    Question 34 2:01 
    Question 39 3:00 
    Question 42 3:36 
   Detail Questions 4:13 
    Question 35 4:14 
    Question 36 5:26 
    Question 37 6:06 
    Question 38 6:53 
    Question 40 7:40 
    Question 41 8:16 
    Question 43 9:07 
   Passage 5 9:52 
   Big Picture Questions 10:09 
    Question 44 10:11 
    Question 54 11:03 
    Question 55 11:43 
   Detail Questions 12:39 
    Question 45 12:40 
    Question 46 13:10 
    Question 47 13:50 
    Question 48 14:16 
    Question 49 15:47 
    Question 50 16:33 
    Question 51 17:23 
    Question 52 17:51 
    Question 53 18:25 
  Rhetorical Analysis Walkthrough 12:11
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:33 
    Question 2 0:49 
   Analyzing the Prompt 0:58 
    Background Info 1:00 
    Context 1:21 
    Focus 1:43 
   Reading the Text 2:05 
    Begins with Example 2:13 
    Quotation 2:37 
    Analogy 2:56 
    Appeal to Authority 3:11 
    Appeal to Values 3:54 
    Scoring Guidelines 4:07 
    Score of 8 or 9 4:15 
    Score of 6 or 7 4:39 
    Score of 5 4:53 
    Score of 4 or Below 5:16 
   Scoring Guidelines 5:34 
    Top Scoring Essays Identified the Main Point First 5:36 
    Essays That Had Problems Included Those That Stumbled Over Banneker's Old-Fashioned Language 6:08 
   The Sample Essays 6:27 
    Sample 2A; Score of 8 6:33 
    Sample 2B; Score of 5 7:37 
    Score 2C; Score of 2 8:47 
   Tips for the Rhetorical Analysis Essay 10:28 
    Look for the Elements of Argument 10:34 
    Outline 10:53 
    Language, Language, Language! 11:08 
    Don't Over-Quote! 11:46 
  Argumentative Walkthrough 11:29
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:09 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:46 
    Question 3 1:04 
   Analyzing the Prompt 1:18 
    Background Info 1:20 
    Focus 1:56 
    Demand 2:18 
   Reading the Text 2:26 
    Text Summarizes the Argument Rather Than Quoting It 2:31 
    This Prompt Suggests Lines of Thought for You 2:49 
    This Prompt is About Humorists 3:07 
   What's The Big Idea? 4:14 
    Main Idea 4:29 
   Scoring Guidelines 5:03 
    Score of 9 5:09 
    Score of 8, 7, and 6 5:29 
   The Sample Essays 6:05 
    Sample 3A; Score of 8 6:09 
    Begins Support with Examples From History and High Culture 6:24 
    Reviewer Praises the Language, Structure, and Organization 6:51 
    Sample 3B; Score of 7 7:58 
    Sample 3C; Score of 3 8:56 
   Tips for the Argumentative Essay 10:24 
    Language 10:28 
    Make Sure the Underlying Structure of Your Argument is Sound 10:40 
    Use Examples from High Culture as Well as Low 11:00 
    Don't Make Assertions without Presenting Evidence 11:17 
  Synthesis Walkthrough 11:33
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:08 
   Where to Find the Prompt 0:34 
    Question 1 0:44 
   Analyzing the Prompt 0:56 
    Background Information 1:00 
    Hypothetical Situation 1:07 
    Demands 1:13 
   Reading the Texts 1:55 
    Source A 1:59 
    Source B 2:24 
    Source C 2:41 
    Source D 2:56 
    Source E 3:23 
    Source F 4:01 
   Some Possible Approaches 4:19 
    Variety of Arguments 4:25 
    Source with a Negative View of Technology in the Classroom 4:45 
    Can Choose Which Source to Address 4:58 
   Scoring Guidelines 5:41 
    Score of 9 5:46 
    Score of 8, 7, and 6 6:06 
   The Sample Essays 6:23 
    Sample 1A; Score of 8 6:32 
    Sample 1B; Score of 6 7:39 
    Sample 1C; Score of 3 8:30 
   Tips for the Synthesis Essay 9:50 
    Read the Prompt Carefully 10:00 
    Using a Lot of Sources is Better Than Using Only a Few 10:31 
    Don’t Use Fillers 10:49 
    There is No Right or Wrong Answer 11:16 

IX. Final Thoughts

  Tips for the Test 16:26
   Intro 0:00 
   Lesson Overview 0:10 
   What Will the Test Be Like? 0:42 
    Location 1:02 
    Environment 1:15 
    Cheating 1:40 
    Format 2:05 
   What to Bring 2:17 
   What Not to Bring 4:00 
    Exceptions 6:14 
   Preparing for the Multiple-Choice Section 6:29 
    Read! 6:42 
    Read What You're Assigned in School 7:01 
    Read Things That Challenge You 7:20 
    Take Practice Tests 7:38 
   Preparing for the Rhetorical Analysis Essay 8:05 
    Read Arguments 8:10 
    Classic Arguments 8:25 
    Contemporary Arguments 8:55 
    Pick Out Elements of Argument and Identify Logical Fallacies 9:18 
    Practice Writing Under Test Conditions 9:26 
   Preparing for the Argumentative Essay 9:43 
    Pick a Few Contemporary Issues and Practice Writing Arguments on All Sides 9:46 
    Use a Quotation to Find Clear Statements of Opinion 10:08 
    Practice Writing Under Test Conditions 10:44 
   Preparing for the Synthesis Essay 10:50 
    Pick a Few Current Issues and read a Variety of Sources 11:04 
    Practice 11:20 
   Last Minute Strategies 11:27 
    Scout the Location 11:35 
    Pack Your Test Kit the Night Before 11:53 
    Read Something You Enjoy the Night Before 12:04 
    No Sugar or Caffeine Highs 12:55 
    Relax 13:16 
    Remember That Any Individual Question Isn't Worth Much on the Test 13:50 
    Don't Focus About Consequences During the Test 14:10 
    Set Yourself a Reward for Finishing the Exam 14:45 
   And Remember… 15:32 

Duration: 6 hours, 38 minutes

Number of Lessons: 28

This course is perfect for high school students taking the AP English Language & Composition course and wanting to score well. Each lesson begins with an overview, in-depth explanations, examples of real AP questions and student responses, and ends with helpful tips. The course includes a full step-by-step walkthrough of a previous year’s AP exam.

Additional Features:

  • Free Sample Lessons
  • Downloadable Lecture Slides
  • Study Guides
  • Instructor Comments

Topics Include:

  • Multiple Choice Overview
  • AP Essay Section
  • Rhetoric Crash Course
  • Rhetorical Analysis Essay
  • Argumentative Essay
  • Synthesis Essay
  • AP Exam Walkthrough

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