Ap Literature Essay Grading Rubric
Then, the writer wraps up the first point about description, devices, and elements by concluding that the unusual rhyme scheme echoes the unusual feat of juggling and controlling the mood of the crowd.With a clear focus on attaching devices to individually quoted phrases and poem details, the student leads the reader through the first pass at proving the attitude of the poem’s speaker while commenting on possible meanings the tone, attitude, and devices suggest.However, for purposes of this examination, the Poetry Analysis strategies will be the focus.The poem for analysis in last year’s exam was “The Juggler” by Richard Wilbur, a modern American poet.The third sample lacks cohesiveness, a thesis statement, and organization.The sentences read like a shotgun spray of facts and descriptions that give no direction to the reader of the writer’s approach: how he or she will use the elements and details listed to prove a thesis.The short, choppy sentences don’t connect, and the upshot is something so commonplace as Wilbur describes a talented juggler, who is also a powerful teacher.That doesn’t respond to the prompt, which requires an argument about what the juggler’s description reveals about the speaker.
Immediately, the writer supplies proof by directing the reader to the first and last stanzas to find “lens,” “dusk”, and “daily dark”.
The writer does this by noting how alliteration appears when the juggler performs, but not before.
The student also notes how the mood and connection to the crowd cohere when the juggler juggles, the balls defying gravity and uplifting the crowd with the balls.
Clear organization, specific support, and full explanations or discussions are three critical components of high-scoring essays.
The newly-released 2016 sample AP English Literature and Composition exam questions, sample responses, and grading rubrics provide a valuable opportunity to analyze how to achieve high scores on each of the three Section II FRQ responses.