5 Steps to a 5: English Literature 2019

5 Steps to a 5: English Literature 2019

by Estelle M. Rankin, Barbara L. Murphy


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Score-Raising Features Include:

•6 full-length practice exams, 3 in the book + 3 on Cross-Platform
•Hundreds of practice exercises with thorough answer explanations
•Comprehensive overview of the AP English Language exam format
•Proven strategies specific to each section of the exam
•Strategies for deconstructing essay prompts and planning your essay
•A comprehensive review of analysis and argument, and practice activities to hone your skills in close reading, critical thinking, and critical/ analytical/ argumentative writing
BONUS Cross-Platform Prep Course for extra practice exams with personalized study plans, interactive tests, powerful analytics and progress charts, flashcards, games, and more! (see inside front and back covers for details)
The 5-Step Plan:
Step 1: Set up your study plan with three model schedules
Step 2: Determine your readiness with an AP-style Diagnostic Exam
Step 3: Develop the strategies that will give you the edge on test day
Step 4: Review the terms and concepts you need to achieve your highest score
Step 5: Build your confidence with full-length practice exams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260122541
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 105,177
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara L. Murphy has taught English Literature and Composition for more than 20 years. She is consultant for the College Board’s AP English Literature and Composition and its Building for Success divisions. Murphy is co-author of Writing the Advanced Placement English Essay.

Estelle M. Rankin taught AP English Literature for more than 25 years. She received the AP Literature Teacher of the Year award from the College Board in 1996. Rankin is co-author of Writing the Advanced Placement English Essay.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Credits xii

About the Authors xiii

Introduction: The Five-Step Program xv

Step 1 Set Up Your Study Program

1 What You Should Know About the AP Literature Exam 3

Background on the Advanced Placement Exam 3

Reasons for Taking the Advanced Placement Exam 4

What You Need to Know About the AP Lit Exam 5

2 How to Plan Your Time 9

Three Approaches to Preparing for the AP Literature Exam 9

Calendars for Preparing for the AP Literature Exam 11

Step 3 Determine Your Test Readiness

3 The Diagnostic/Master Exam 17

A Walk Through the Diagnostic/Master Exam 17

Diagnostic/Master Exam 19

Afterword 28

Step 3 Develop Strategies for Success

4 Section I of the Exam: The Multiple-Choice Questions 31

Introduction to the Multiple-Choice Section of the Exam 31

Types of Multiple-Choice Questions 34

Scoring the Multiple-Choice Section 36

Strategies for Answering the Multiple-Choice Questions 37

Answer Sheet for Diagnostic Multiple-Choice Questions 45

The Multiple-Choice Section of the Diagnostic/Master Exam 47

Answers and Explanations 55

5 The Prose Passage Essay 59

Introduction to the Prose Passage Essay 59

Types of Prose Passage Essay Questions 60

Rating the Prose Passage Essay 61

Timing the Essay 62

Working the Prompt 62

Reading and Notating the Prose Passage 63

Writing the Opening Paragraph 67

Writing the Body 69

Sample Student Essays 71

Rating the Student Essays 73

Rapid Review 76

6 The Poetry Essay 77

Introduction to the Poetry Essay 77

Types of Prompts Used for the Poetry Essay 78

Timing and Planning the Poetry Essay 78

Working the Prompt 79

Reading and Notating the Poetry Selection 80

Writing the Opening Paragraph 85

Writing the Body of the Poetry Essay 86

Sample Student Essays 88

Rating the Student Essays 90

Rapid Review 91

7 The Free-Response Essay 93

Introduction to the Free-Response Essay 93

Types of Free-Response Prompts 95

General Rubrics for the Free-Response Essay 97

Timing and Planning the Free-Response Essay 97

Working the Prompt from the Diagnostic/Master Exam 98

Developing the Opening Paragraph 102

Developing the Body of the Essay 103

Sample Student Essays 104

Rating the Student Essays 106

Final Comments 107

Rapid Review 107

Step 4 Review the Knowledge You Need to Score High

Introduction to Review Section 111

8 Comprehensive Review-Prose 113

Introduction to Prose 113

Five Aspects of Every Narrative 114

Types of Novels 119

Literary Terminology 120

Prose Analysis 122

Final Comments 124

Rapid Review 125

9 Comprehensive Review-Poetry 127

Introduction to Poetry 127

The Structure of Poetry 128

Types of Poetry 130

Interpretation of Poetry 143

Poems for Comparison and Contrast 149

Rapid Review 151

Step 5 Build Your Test-Taking Confidence

Practice Exam 1 155

Section I 157

Section II 167

Answers to Multiple-Choice Questions 170

Answers and Explanations 171

Rating the Essay Section 173

Sample Student Essays 174

Sample Student Essays 177

Sample Student Essays 179

Practice Exam 2 183

Section I 185

Section II 195

Answers to Multiple-Choice Questions 199

Answers and Explanations 200

Rating the Essay Section 202

Sample Student Essays 209


Suggested Reading Guide 215

Classicism 215

Realism 216

Romanticism 217

Impressionism 218

Expressionism 218

Naturalism 219

General Bibliography 221

Recommended Poets 221

Recommended Authors 221

Glossary 225

Websites 229

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