Ap Lang 2009 Synthesis Essay Ap

Section I

Multiple Choice — 52 to 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score

  • Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions

Section II

Free Response — 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours, 15 Minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 55% of Exam Score

This section has three prompts:

  • Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
  • Rhetorical analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer's language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
  • Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

The total Section II time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. This includes a 15-minute reading period. The reading period is designed to provide students with time to develop thoughtful, well-organized responses. They may begin writing their responses before the reading period is over.

Indeed, the 2009 AP English Language and Composition synthesis essay prompt is about space exploration:

"Explorers and tales of explorations tend to capture the human imagination.  However, such explorations have financial and ethical consequences.  Space exploration is no exception."

There is a list of eight sources that accompany the prompt--you do not need to use all the sources in your essay, but three to four are reasonable.  Keep in mind that your ARGUMENT should be...

Indeed, the 2009 AP English Language and Composition synthesis essay prompt is about space exploration:

"Explorers and tales of explorations tend to capture the human imagination.  However, such explorations have financial and ethical consequences.  Space exploration is no exception."

There is a list of eight sources that accompany the prompt--you do not need to use all the sources in your essay, but three to four are reasonable.  Keep in mind that your ARGUMENT should be the central part of the essay--only uses the sources to SUPPORT the argument you make about space exploration.

Follow the link below directly to the College Board's AP Central website.  Here you can find the prompt, the exact sources, the scoring rubric, and student sample essays that have been scored by the College Board readers.  They also include comments on why essays have received the scores that they did.  You should be able to get an idea about what the College Board (and your teacher) is looking for in the synthesis essay.

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