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All Access for the AP® English Language and Composition Exam
Book + Web + Mobile
Everything you need to prepare for the Advanced Placement® exam, in a study system built around you!
There are many different ways to prepare for an Advanced Placement® exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.
This book, and the online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP® English Language and Composition prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard study materials unique to you.
The REA AP® All Access system allows you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: targeted review of exam content, assessment of your knowledge, and focused study in the topics where you need the most help.
Here's how it works:
Review the Book:
Study the topics tested on the AP® English Language and Composition exam and learn proven AP® strategies that will help you tackle any question you may see on test day.
Test Yourself and Get Feedback:
As you review the book, test yourself with 6 end-of-chapter quizzes, plus 2 mini-tests. Score reports from your free online tests and quizzes give you a fast way to pinpoint what you really know and what you should spend more time studying.
Improve Your Score:
Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you are weakest, and use the REA Study Center to create your own unique AP® English Language and Composition e-flashcards, adding to the 100 free cards included with this book.
Visit The REA Study Center for a suite of online tools:
The best way to personalize your study plan is to get frequent feedback on what you know and what you don't. At the online REA Study Center, you can access three types of assessment: topic-level quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice test. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board®.
Short, 15-minute online quizzes are available throughout the review and are designed to test your immediate grasp of the topics just covered.
Two online mini-tests cover what you've studied in each half of the book. These tests are like the actual AP® English Language and Composition exam, only shorter, and will help you evaluate your overall understanding of the subject.
Full-Length Practice Test
After you've finished reviewing the book, take our full-length AP® English Language and Composition exam to practice under test-day conditions. Available both in the book and online, this test gives you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exam for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring, and a detailed score report.
Improving Your Score: e-Flashcards
With your score reports from the quizzes and tests, you'll be able to see exactly which AP® English Language and Composition topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you'll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone. Not quite sure what to put on your flashcards? Start with the 100 free cards included when you buy this book.
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The online REA Study Center gives you the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Using chapter quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice exam, the Study Center pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses and helps you raise your score by showing you exactly where to focus your study. MOBILE: E-FLASHCARDS
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About the Author
is the English Department Head at Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire, where she has taught AP® English Language and Composition for the past nine years. She has a B.A. in English from The University of New Hampshire.
Stacey A. Kiggins received her B.A. degree in Secondary English Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.A. degree in Initiatives in Educational Transformation, from George Mason University, Virginia. She is the English department chair at Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has taught a variety of English disciplines, including: Advanced Placement® Language and Composition, International Baccalaureate English, and Speech and Debate.
Kristi McGauley is currently in her thirteenth year of teaching English. Ms. McGauley graduated with a B.A. in English from Clearwater Christian College and earned her M.Ed. in Secondary English Education at the University of North Florida.
Katherine A. Nesselrode graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She was Nationally Board Certified in 2008. She has been teaching English for 22 years, currently at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
John Allen has more than 25 years of experience in test preparation. Allen received his B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. He has collaborated on several textbooks in the field of English-language arts.
Table of Contents
About Our Authors
About Research & Education Association
Chapter 1: Welcome to REAs All Access for AP English Language and Composition
Chapter 2: Strategies for the Exam
What Will I See on the AP English Language and Composition Exam?
Section I: Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Section of the Exam
Section II: Strategies for the Free-Response Section of the Exam
Chapter 3: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: The Passages
What Is Nonfiction
What to Expect from the Passages
Genres of Nonfiction
Representative Authors and Texts for AP English
Language and Composition
Chapter 4: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Rhetorical Strategies
Persuasive Writing Techniques
Three Persuasive Writing Strategies to Frame an Argument
Analyzing Organization and Development
Transition Words and Phrases
Methods of Development
Chapter 5: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Grammar, Usage, and Style
Grammar and Usage
Sentence Types and Parallel Structure
Punctuation and Capitalization
Point of View, Style, and Tone
Chapter 6: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Documenting Sources
Questions About Documentation
Chapter 7: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Analyzing a Passage
Sample Passage with Multiple-Choice Questions
Analyzing the Passage and Answering the Questions
Chapter 8: Approaching the Essay Questions: Writing an Essay
The Writing Process
Chapter 9: Approaching the Essay Questions: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
Parts of Speech
Chapter 10: Approaching the Essay Questions: Rhetorical Modes
Deciding on Your Writing Purpose
Choosing an Organizational Pattern
Using Rhetoric to Persuade
Literary and Rhetorical Tools and Strategies
A Few Final Rhetorical Dos and Donts
Chapter 11: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Style-Analysis Essay
A List of Typical Style-Analysis Instructions
Things to Keep in Mind
Approaching a Sample Style-Analysis Essay Question
Chapter 12: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Persuasive Essay
The Value — and Limits — of Personal Experience
The Persuasive Essay Question
Things to Keep in Mind
Approaching a Sample Persuasive Essay Question
Chapter 13: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Synthesis Essay
The Prompt for the Synthesis Essay
Writing the Synthesis Essay
Things to Keep in Mind
Chapter 14: Approaching the Essay Questions: Strategy and Preparation
Strategies for Responding to the Essay Questions
Preparing for the Essay Questions
Practice Exam (also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter )
Detailed Explanations of Answers