AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
- Why and how do I become a critical thinker about texts and arguments?
- How can I identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments?
By the end of this unit, you should be able to...
- Practice critical thinking by adopting a skeptical attitude toward your own ideas, assumptions, and the evidence you tentatively offer in your arguments.
- Describe the "rhetorical situation" of a given text, including the subject, occasion, audience, and purpose of the communication
- Describe an author's tone and the mood of a passage or text, and recognize the stylistic and structural elements that contributed to these things
- Define and identify examples of appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos
- Identify and evaluate the use of specific rhetorical techniques using proper terms and language
- Annotate written texts and conduct "close-readings" of both written and visual texts
- Distinguish between effective and ineffective rhetoric, citing valid reasons for your judgments
- Identify arguable statements and distinguish the types of claims being used (fact, value, or policy)
- Identify logical fallacies in a text
- Distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning and consider the strengths and limitations of each
- Evaluate how the use of sources and / or footnotes affects the audience's experience and interpretations of a text
- Write a close analysis essay that demonstrates your ability to...
- Construct original thesis statements (closed, open, and counterargument)
- organize ideas effectively
- Make use of relevant, accurate, and sufficient evidence from source materials in your own writing to inform your arguments and to appeal to a specific audience