AP English Language
Develop Strategies for Success
Introduction to the Analysis Essay
Timing and Planning the Analysis Essay
Just How Should I Plan to Spend My Time Writing This Type of Essay?
Remember, timing is crucial. With that in mind, here’s a workable strategy:
• 1–3 minutes reading and working the prompt.
• 5 minutes reading and making marginal notes regarding the passage.
— Try to isolate two references that strike you. This may give you your opening and closing.
• 10 minutes preparing to write. (Choose one or two of these methods with which you’re comfortable.)
— Marginal mapping
— Charts or key word/one word/line number outlining
• 20 minutes writing your essay, based on your preparation.
• 3 minutes proofreading.