Apologies for the late posting on this one, guys. I wasn’t feeling too well yesterday and today, and only just realized I hadn’t put up instructions for the homework assignment for those of you who were absent.
I know that there were several of you out on Friday– some for the AP Euro trip to the High, and some for other reasons. You missed a lesson on how to write the Comparative Essay, which is a fairly important topic in this class. The first thing you’ll need to do is check the drop-down menu at the top of this page labeled “Essay Writing Materials”– go to the Comparative Essay tab, and read over the materials linked on that page. You’ll also want to watch the two videos on the page to help you better understand the process of writing the essay, and how the rubric for the essay works.
Once you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect from the essay, you’ll need to download the following:
- 2009 Comparative Essay (This is the essay prompt from the 2009 exam. Read over it thoroughly.)
- Sample Student Responses and Annotated Rubric (You’ll find that there are three sample essays in this packet. You’ll only need ONE of the three, plus the annotated rubric.)
Your homework this weekend is to read over the annotated rubric from the 2009 Comparative Essay, and use that as a standard of grading for ONE of the three sample student essays. On Tuesday we’ll discuss how accurately you graded the essays and address any questions you have regarding AP scoring techniques.
Other than that, your homework is to make a stab at your Unit Two Reading– the reading guide and vocabulary assignment can be found on the Unit Two Resources page.
Upcoming Due Dates:
- Unit Two Reading Quiz (1/22)
- Unit Two Vocabulary Assignment (1/22)
- In-Class Comparative Essay (1/25)
- Unit Two Test (1/29)
If you missed the Unit One Test, remember that you must schedule a time to make it up with me as soon as possible, and that you are only eligible to make up missing work if your absence is excused.
I hope you all have a thoughtful and restful Martin Luther King Day, and I’ll see you on Tuesday.