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.)

— Highlighting

— Marginal mapping

— Charts or key word/one word/line number outlining

• 20 minutes writing your essay, based on your preparation.

• 3 minutes proofreading.