Essay prompts and samples.notebook Per 1 - CVHS-English-2

September 18, 2012
Warm up: Complete your poem from Friday.
Pre-AP essay Prompts
Read the passage carefully to determine the author's purpose. In a well-written essay, analyze how
Ackerman uses rhetorical devices to achieve this purpose. Consider such elements as the appeals,
metaphor, paradox, and syntax.
Read the following poem carefully. Then, in a well-organized essay, analyze how the speaker uses
imagery to reveal his complex attitude toward his father. Support your analysis with specific references to
the poem.
AP Prompts
In the excerpt below from a speech given in Detroit on November 10, 1963, Malcolm X responds to Dr.
Martin Luther King's vision of a "peaceful, turn-the-other-cheek" revolution. Read the Malcolm X
passage carefully. Then write an essay in which you analyze how Malcolm X uses rhetorical strategies
to develop his perspective about nonviolent protest.
The passage below is an excerpt from "The Necessary Enemy," an essay written by mid-twentieth
century author Katherine Anne Porter. Read the passage carefully. Then write an essay in which you
define Porter's attitude toward love and hate and analyze the rhetorical strategies she employs to
illustrate her position.
STAAR Prompts
Pre AP
Exit Ticket: Complete a sentence chunk or a paragraph with at least one
embedded quote based on Question 16 about "Where Are You Going,
Where Have You Been."
16. Comment on how Connie and Arnold are depicted in the following excerpt: "And his
face was a familiar face, somehow; the jaw and chin and cheeks slightly darkened, because
he hadn't shaved for a day or two, and the nose long and hawk-like, sniffling as if she were
a treat he was going to gobble up and it was all a joke.

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