AP English Language

STEP 3
Develop Strategies for Success

CHAPTER 5

Introduction to the Analysis Essay

Rapid Review

• Analysis is the study of rhetorical strategies and stylistic elements.

• Your writing reflects your critical thinking.

• Review the types of analysis questions asked on previous exams.

• Always address the prompt.

• Review the rubrics to understand the rating system.

• Remember, the essay on the exam is a first draft.

• Follow a timing strategy for writing the exam essay.

• Carefully analyze the prompt.

• Practice topic adherence.

• Employ close reading and highlighting of the given passage.

• “Work” the material.

• Write your essay and check against models.

• Use echo words.

• Form a study group.

• Read sample essays and rubrics.

• Score your own essays.