In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot, teaches about Prose Passages. Youll find out where these passages come from, how to read them, and why the topic sentence isnt always there. Rebekah will also show you how to take the AP exam like a Great Detective by reading for details, making inferences, and eliminating the wrong answers. Finally, youll learn what to do if you run out of time.
Authors you’ve read in class, but works you haven’t read.
Twentieth century and later
Fiction and nonfiction
How to Read Prose Passages
Don’t skip the italicized text.
Skim, then read.
When reading, read first for the main idea.
Then watch for details. Watch for playful language. Watch for flourishes the author didn’t have to include.
If you hit a part you don’t understand, keep going.
The Topic Sentence Is Not There
ETS thinks you’re too old for easy topic sentences.
Great writers seldom use topic sentences in great writing.
Instead, look at tone and flow.
The Great Detective Takes the AP Exam
Read for details. Especially read for details that seem out of place or unnecessary.
Let the details build up a general picture in your mind (“What do you mean, how did I know you were in Afghanistan?”)
Infer, but don’t assume.
Data, data, data.
Eliminate the impossible.
How to Know Words You Don’t Actually Know
Context, context, context!
Look for familiar parts and roots.
Use other languages.
Replace the word with a blank.
Use the opposite of the wrong word.
What to Do If You’re Out of Time
Skip the passage and go straight to the questions.
Focus on literary terms and grammar first.
Then answer questions with line references. Read around the line reference.
Then answer tone questions.
Then do the rest. Read if you can; guess if you can’t.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
This book includes five full length practice exams with all questions answered and explained. It includes a review of test topics covering details test takers need to know, such as poetry,prose fiction, and drama. It also includes sample student essays with critiques of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as a detailed glossary defining 175 literary and rhetorical terms.
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New ed edition
This book is a reprint of the Shakespeare Head Press edition, and it presents all the plays in chronological order in which they were written in an easy to read format. It also includes Shakespeare's Sonnets, as well as his longer poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.
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