The Iron Law of AP English is "Close Attention to Words," the crucial skill of every real reader, writer, and speaker. Students will learn the ways of words from the masters, through daily explication of classic verse. The readings include Renaissance sonnets, Metaphysical lyrics, and modern dramatic monologues. We also study three Shakespearean genres: history in ; tragedy in ; and the problem play in . Students write frequent close reading essays, along with a Spring Term Thesis. Discussion participation is crucial, as in a college seminar, along with memorized poetry recitations.
Generally, your response will be the end of your essay, but you may include your response throughout the paper as you select what to summarize and analyze. Your response will also be evident to the reader by the tone that you use and the words you select to talk about the article and writer. However, your response in the conclusion will be more direct and specific. It will use the information you have already provided in your summary and analysis to explain how you feel about this article. Most of the time, your response will fall into one of the following categories:
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