How much Prufrock, test prep and synthesis thinking can we pack into 80 minutes? Let’s find out.
We’ll start with an open ended writing prompt. You will have fifteen minutes to write your thesis and first body paragraph for the following:
- 1986 AP Question: Some works of literature use the element of time in a distinct way. The chronological sequence of events may be altered, or time may be suspended or accelerated.
Choose a novel, an epic, or a play of recognized literary merit and show how the author’s manipulation of time contributes to the effectiveness of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.
We will workshop the structure of the thesis statements and body paragraphs, looking especially at trying to develop variations on “Through use of _[descriptor]___ __[literary device]__, _[descriptor]___ __[literary device]__. and _[descriptor]___ __[literary device]__ the author [whose name goes here] argues [bigger thematic point to be made in the work].
We’ll look at synonyms and syntax to employ here.
Then we need to choose whether to look at “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” or our synthesis essays next.
The synthesis work will involve looking at our body paragraphs and seeking to embed text support vs quote bombing.
Looking at “J. Alfred” will practice a straight-forward close reading strategy.
And if you can’t remember those steps, just do what I do: think about Ke$ha. (“TIQ Tok make it rock . . .” )
Synthesis #3 is due on Monday. You will be turning it in and it will be assessed.