Comprehending the author's point involves a three-step process: (1) clarifying the claim the author makes, (2) examining the data and evidence the author uses, and (3) understanding the underlying assumptions behind the argument.The first two steps are usually directly stated or clearly implied; understanding what the author must believe, or what the author thinks the audience believes, is a bit harder.Be sure you understand the author's rhetorical purpose: Is it to persuade? Like the argument essays, you'll want to liberally use the text, both implicitly and explicitly.
The introductory paragraph should be brief-only a few sentences are necessary to state your thesis.
Definitely try to avoid merely repeating the topic in your thesis; instead, let the thesis present what it is that you will specifically analyze. Each should be guided by a topic sentence that is a relevant part of the introductory thesis statement.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Let the reader watch your ideas develop instead of jumping to a conclusion and then spending the whole essay trying to justify it.
Also be aware that you don't have to take only one side in an issue.
In your introduction, make sure that you include a strong, analytical thesis statement, a sentence that explains your paper's idea and defines the scope of your essay.
Also, be sure that the introduction lets the reader know that you're on topic; use key phrases from the question if necessary.
To formulate a top-level AP English essay, some preparation is required in addition to your AP English class.
Remember that you will be working under a time constraint of 2 hours for 3 essays (the College Board calls them "free response").