AP Language

AP Language Columnists Grammar Rhetorical Strategies Writing

AP Language Practice Exams
The Forest of Rhetoric
Homer Simpson’s Figures of Speech
Learn a new word – feed someone some rice
Figures of Speech served fresh
Updates to the “Newspeak” dictionary
Literary Devices
English Grammar 101
Rhetorical Schemes
UNC – The Writing Center

American Online Newspaper Columnists
Marking a Text
Arts and Letters Daily – Ideas, Criticism, Debate
Grammar Bytes! – Terms, Exercises, Tips, Rules, Games
New York Times – Daily Lesson Plans – excellent resource
The Pulitzer Prizes – lists and commentary
Town Hall - Columnists
Vocabulary Lists – Novels, Articles, Various SAT lists
For a collection of teacher-friendly technology see The Digital Teacher on this website

Rhetoric and Logic
Virtual Salt – A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples
Teaching Toulmin – A Classroom Strategy
The Forest of Rhetoric
Rhetorical Schemes
Toulmin’s Analysis with diagrams
English_Reading_and_Writing_Analytically_SF (College Board Publication)
Using Documentary Film as an Introduction to Rhetoric (College Board Publication)
Logical Fallacies – Explained and Defined
RationalWiki – Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies – Carson-Newman College
The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe - Logical Fallacies/Structure of a Logical Argument

Visual Rhetoric and Speeches

American Rhetoric – contains top 100 American speeches, online speech bank and speech of the week
Americans Who Tell the Truth – Portraits of and speeches by famous Americans like Mark Twain, Chief Josef and Frederick Douglass
Historical Speeches – From The History Channel – historical speeches, some on video as well as audio
Inaugural Speeches through the years – Speeches 1789 to the present
Lines in the Sand – Political cartoons of Herbert L. Block
List of Common Errors – More errors listed alphabetically than any class could make
Political Cartoons – The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists – searchable by topic
Professional Cartoonists Site – Search by topic – extensive and current.
Pulitzer Prizes – Photos awarded the Pulitzer throughout the years.
Pulitzer Prizes – Beginning to Current
Queen Elizabeth I – Selected writing and speeches
St. Crispen’s Day Speech – The ‘band of brothers’ speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V
St. Crispin’s Day Speech – YouTube video
American Rhetoric – 100 top speeches in streamed audio
Learn Out Loud – speeches – audio and video
Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century – Audio
Two Speeches about Monica Lewinsky by President Clinton – From Mr. Gunnar’s site, a comparison/contrast in speeches and other useful AP Language material
U.S. Government Graphics and Photos – Sources for synthesis and research papers, visual interpretation exercises

Study Guides and Lessons

Quotes Project – presentation by Anne Arvidson for NCTE (.pdf)
Study Guides – More study guides than you ever wanted to see.
The Dam Letters – Mr. Gunnar’s AP website – exchange of letters regarding beaver dams/good to pair with Coke letters from previous exam
Today’s Front Pages – Compare major events coverage as they appear around the world.






APSI San Antonio 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


Argumentation Close Reading Documentation English II – Pre-AP High School English Reference Research Rhetorical Strategies Vocabulary

Reading, Entertainment, History, Universal Truths, Government, and Observation.
This assignment was designed to enable students to gather high-quality information about the world.

REHUGO assignment
nonfiction reading list
Central Texas Museums
REHUGO Book Notes
Rehugo film notes
Documentation Guide Quickview
Rehugo movie list IHSP
Elements to be included in the Electronic Poster REHUGO

REHUGO yes page
REHUGO Red Light Yellow Light
REHUGO Synthesis essay
Rubric for REHUGO Synthesis Essays
Student and parent signature document
REHUGO rubric

APSI Brownsville 2013

AP English Literature Argumentation Banned Books English II – Pre-AP Fiction Frankenstein Graphic Organizers High School English Literary Analysis Macbeth Novels Oedipus Poetry Prose Reading Rhetorical Strategies Shakespeare Short Story Summer APSIs The Tempest

Pre-AP High School English APSI Brownsville 2013

Banned Books 1


Generic Rubric

AP generic rubric

AP Lit Sample Student Agenda

Pre-AP Sample Student Agenda

Sample Vocabulary assignment list


Logos ethos pathos

Graphic Organizers

AP English Language AP English Literature Argumentation Book Markers English II – Pre-AP English IV Fiction Graphic Novels Graphic Organizers High School English links Literary Analysis Point of View Reference Rhetorical Strategies Rubric Summer APSIs

Visible Thinking
Creativity Map – find it- use it
Figuring out Fair Map
Circles of Truth Map
Understanding Map
Options Diamond – Exploring the tension of decision making
Reporters Notebook – Separating fact and feeling

Visible Thinking – Teacher Organization
Me, You, Space, Time:  “MYST”

Visible Thinking – Student Activities
3, 2, 1 Bridge

Circle of Viewpoints
Claim Support Question
Compass Points
Creative Hunt – Looking at parts, purposes, and audiences
Creative Questions
CSI – Color, Symbol, Image
Does it Fit     
Explanation Game


Here/Now There/Then
Options Diamond
Question Sorts
Question Starts
Red Light,Yellow Light for Truth
Reporters Notebook – Separating fact and feeling
See/Think/Wonder – exploring works of art and other interesting things
Step Inside: Perceive,Know about, Care about
Stop Look Listen – clarifying claims and sources
Think Puzzle Explore
Tug of War – the complexity of fairness dilemmas
Used to think – But now, I think
What Makes You Say That?

Word Chart:_Context and Connection
Word_Chart:_Examples and Characteristics
Vocabulary Word Cluster

Note Taking
Two-column notes
Note Chart for novels and plays
Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why
Cornell Notes

Team Work
Think_Now Pair Share

Elements of Fiction with Graphics
Reading Response
Dialectical Journal
Reading  Journals
Story Plot Terms
Analysis Template
Reflecting Mood in Literature – Jane Eyre sample
Literary Elements Mapping (interactive online)*

Analyzing Characters
Character Qualities Study
Character web
Blank Character web
Facebook assignment – Jane Eyre sample

Nine Sentence Patterns thanks to Mrs Cassel
Sentence Types and Patterns thanks to Mrs Cassel
Writing web

How to summarize
Theme evidence
Sentence Outline Literary Analysis thanks to Marcia Hilsabeck

Model Graphic Organizer for Argumentative Essay
Two- column Chart (arguments for/against your position)

Persuasion map 3 reasons 2 facts
Persuasive writing plan
Toulmin Arguments Model
Persuasive Essay Writing Plan  
Persuasion Map (interactive)*

Book Markers


Classroom “Feedback”
Chart-Easy to use Classroom Assessment Techniques

There’s more
Metacognitive journal
Where I’m From Poem
Character Trading_Card
All those Acronyms
Patterns patterns patterns
Graphic Novels for teens*
Graphic Novel web sites*
Graphic Novels (links)

Jane Eyre/Antigone

Antigone AP English Literature English II – Pre-AP Fiction High School English Jane Eyre Literary Analysis Novels Oedipus Reference Rhetorical Strategies Summer APSIs Vocabulary

Jane Eyre and Antigone

Jane Eyre and Antigone TCU 2012

“The real innovation of Charlotte Bronte is that she writes fiction from the point of view of an individual and not from the point of view of society in general. She projects herself without reserve into her leading characters and allows her inmost feelings, her secret impulses, to color her narrative…”