Category : AP Lit

Unit 2, Short Story Blast: Essential Question

To what extent are stories also the human story, my story? Upon pondering this question, I was reminded of the saying “it’s a small world.” Often living with international circumstances forces you to experience this every day and have similar positive experiences. We have so many characteristics that are common no matter race, gender, religion,

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Unit 5, “Family Ties”: Essential Question

What are the complexities and paradoxes of “family”? This is an intricate and condensed question that arose one day in a class discussion. It forced me to reflect on literature that focused on family and what I thought about my own people. I realized that sometimes the people who are blood-related to you are some of

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Semester 2 Reflection: “Final Reflection”

This year in AP Literature has been a meaningful experience. In my earlier years of high school, I thought I had strong analytical writing skills, public speaking, and reading. It turns out I neede a lot of fine-tuning and practice to become a stronger student in English. It was a good wake up call and

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U3: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – Performance and Reflection

During this unit, we were focusing on William Shakespeare’s plays such as Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In this particular assignment, the goal was to perform a scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and then reflect on what we had done well. I’ve included this in my portfolio because I think it plays to my strengths which

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U5: Style Paper

In short, this assignment focused on the novel we were reading in class and analyzing it to write a style paper. To be honest, this assignment was particularly challenging from the lack of guidance and ambiguity of what students should writing about. Nevertheless, I perservered and ended up with a piece of writing that I

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U5: Question 2 In Class Writing

In class, writing is a great way to practice for the AP exam as well as develop skills to analyze and think about literature in a meaningful way. This particular exam focused on a short excerpt from Moon Tiger written by Penelope Lively I developed my writing into five different paragraphs. The first included an

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U4: Question 1 In Class Writing

This is another example of my in-class writing and a great area of my growth. At the beginning of the year, I was scoring in the high 3 and low 4 range because I lacked skills to actually analyze poetry in an effective way. Unfortunately, I misplaced my writing so will not be able to

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U5: Question 3 In Class Writing

This in-class writing is a good example of my growth in AP Lit. I think that in-class writings help me improve my timed reading analytical skills as well as preparing me for the May AP test. In this writing, the class was tasked with writing about about “a novel or play in which a central

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U4: Novel Lecture

I love to do public speaking so this project really allowed me to grow in this area. For my lecture, I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Foer. It is a fascinating book that tells the story of a nine-year-old boy, Oscar Schell, and his journey to find a lock. Parallel to Oscar’s

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Semester 1 Reflection

This first semester in AP Literature has been a transformative experience. I used to think that I had most skills to be a good writer, analytical reader, and discussion participant. Now I know that in order to be proficient and successful in literature I must adopt a growth mindset and continuously work on my skills to

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