AP® English Writing Prompts and Analysis Resources
To develop their skills in AP Lang, students should regularly practice writing with AP Language writing prompts that encompass a wide range of rhetorical strategies and topics. These prompts can be incorporated into various classroom activities every day—five-minute bell-ringers, quick exit tickets, or even full writing assignments. The more AP Lang students practice writing with rhetorical prompts, the more they will refine their ability to analyze and respond effectively to complex texts. Additionally, practicing with AP Language writing prompts cultivates critical thinking, enhances persuasive writing techniques, and prepares students for the rigorous exam format.
RHS (Rhetorical Situation): Units 1, 2, 4, 7, & 8
Individuals write within a particular situation and make strategic writing choices based on that situation.
|Skill Category 1||Skill Category 2|
|Explain how writers’ choices reflect the components of the rhetorical situation.||Make strategic choices in a text to address a rhetorical situation.|
|Prompt 1: “An organization is planning a protest against a proposed law that they believe will infringe on citizens’ rights. Write a persuasive response arguing for or against the effectiveness of protests as a means of bringing about social and political change. Use specific examples to support your position.”|
|Prompt 2: “A company is launching a new product and wants to create a marketing campaign that appeals to a wide audience. Write a persuasive response analyzing the importance of understanding the target audience’s values, beliefs, and needs when crafting persuasive messages. Use real-world examples to illustrate your points.”|
|Prompt 3: “A high school is considering implementing a dress code policy to promote a positive learning environment. Write a persuasive response arguing for or against the implementation of a dress code policy in schools. Support your argument with evidence from research, personal experiences, or examples from other schools.”|
|Prompt 4: “A community is debating whether to ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores to reduce environmental waste. Write a persuasive response discussing the ethical implications of using single-use plastic bags and arguing for or against the ban. Use logical reasoning and evidence to support your stance.”|
AP Lang Rhetorical Analysis Resources
AP English Literature and Composition Writing Prompts
AP English Literature and Composition students should practice writing prompts that challenge their ability to analyze and interpret literary works across different genres and time periods. These AP Literature writing prompts can be seamlessly integrated into brief 5-minute bell-ringers or concise exit tickets, as well as longer assignments that delve deeper into literary analysis. By engaging with AP Literature writing prompts regularly, students sharpen their critical thinking skills, develop a nuanced understanding of literary techniques, and hone their ability to craft insightful and cohesive responses. The following table includes
CHR (Character): Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 9
Characters in literature allow readers to study and explore a range of values, beliefs, assumptions, biases, and cultural norms represented by those characters.
|Skill Category 1|
|Explain the function of character.|
|Prompt 1: “Consider a character from a novel or play that you have read in this course. How does this character’s values and beliefs reflect the societal norms and cultural context of the time in which the work was written? Support your response with specific examples from the text.”|
|Prompt 2: “Think about a character from a literary work who undergoes a significant transformation throughout the course of the story. What values or beliefs does this character initially hold, and how do they change over time? Discuss the factors that contribute to this character’s transformation, using specific evidence from the text.”|
|Prompt 3: “Choose a character from a literary work who challenges or subverts traditional gender roles or societal expectations. Analyze how this character’s actions and beliefs provide a critique of the prevailing cultural norms at the time the work was written. Use specific examples from the text to support your analysis.”|
|Prompt 4: “Select a character from a literary work who embodies a particular ideology or belief system. Discuss how this character’s values and assumptions shape their actions and interactions with other characters. Consider the implications of this character’s ideology in relation to the broader themes and messages of the work.”|