Good Day College Writers:
Today, unless Gary Canter steals you
away, you have a straight-up writing assignment. I'm attaching an AP
sample exam (an example of the kinds of essay you would be assignme in a
freshman writing composition class) with three questions. You'll do the
first question today, start the second, finish it and do the third on
Thursday. Please print a copy for yourself as soon as you get this
e-mail. Yes, it's (Eeek!) 12 pages.
The assigned time is 40 minutes, but you may break up the time as
you wish, given that we have a total of three hours over two days
instead of the two required by the AP examiners.
I will grade
this as classwork--in other words a quiz grade--and the rubric is
contained in the instructions. So I know that you know the details of
the instructions/rubric, you will underline or highlight all the
instructions that pertain to the readers' expectations. As usual, though
I expect a more sophisticated effort from the seniors, that's no reason
for the junior to rest on his laurels.
All three questions are interesting topics and you can do them in any order you like.
I'll forward a copy of this e-mail to Kate, whom I believe is monitoring the class this afternoon.
Update: to reach the assignment from here, click here, then click on the top 2011 Free-Response Questions Link for a pdf download.