This is probably mostly out of his brain not mine, and I respect the weird old man’s brain.
The main difference between AP Language Arts and AP Literature is that The entirety of AP Literature is just a series of Q2s from AP Lang. I’m just kidding, really. It’s more complex than that, and this is just a surface level explanation to keep it short and sweet. What it really boils down to is the idea of perception and intention.
Perception:In AP Lang, it’s all about the argument, but it’s about using evidence to make an argument which applies to people. “We” and “us” are welcome in an AP Lang essay, because 9 out of 10 times the argument is about humanity, itself. The audience actually matters in this scenario. Personal anecdotes can be used as evidence.
Intention: In AP Lit, it’s all about the argument, but it’s about using evidence to define the author’s argument. It’s not about the audience or what “we” feel or have to say. That’s why it is entirely third person because it is about why the author chooses certain literary techniques or character development or settings etc. The way Rawlin™ explains it is when people use “we” in an essay, it’s almost like they are taking credit for the author’s ideas and choices.
AP Lang Intro:
ALL HAIL THE TRIANGLE!
In short, how does this apply on a wider scale and then narrow your idea down into one arguable thesis statement that is specific enough to tackle in one essay. A thesis statement that is too general is a tough pill to swallow. (P.S. if you open with an anecdote that’s cool, but it might be taking away from evidence for the rest of you essay)
AP Lit Intro: It’s one sentence. It’s just your thesis statement written in an eloquent way. The best way to do it in my opinion is “the author…does this/uses this…in order to… (put the overall meaning of the work as a whole here).”
AP Lang Body: Make a claim specific to your thesis, then get some evidence, and warrant it. I think warranting is the hardest part of this process because you have to explain not only the why but also the how. I think that it’s best to say your data and then say how it is what is it and how it supports and then go into the why it supports and why it matters.
AP Lit Body: Okay so (queso), this one is a really long formula, but it’s a formula that works. This is for a single paragraph (this is also #Rawlin’s™):
Claim: hit both the prompt and the overall meaning of the work as a whole (use a literary technique to cement all evidences together like talk about all symbolism in one paragraph perhaps even just one symbol) (for higher grade use more advanced literary techniques) Evidence:THREE pieces of evidence in which you say the how and why for each and mention the overall meaning of the work as a whole Warrant:How (insert technique) as a whole applies to the entire piece of work and what the author’s purpose is
AP Lang Conclusion: Hit them with the huge profound thing at the end that you came up with. Why does everything that I’m saying matter?
AP Lit Conclusion: Your entire essay should be “profound” with the overall meaning of the work as a whole. Go in depth in your paragraphs. The conclusion is actually just a summary.
And in conclusion here are some more main differences between the two classes in general.
-Need more evidence for Ap Lit -The grading scale (8=90 in Lit & 8=95 in Lang, Lit’s scale is a lot harsher *tears*) -no one cares about what you think or how you feel in AP Lit (if you are Blue this absolutely breaks your heart) -AP Lit consists of different types of AP Lang Q2s -Rawlin™ is a mad genius, and Pope™ is a nurturing goddess (I’m not sure about other teachers I did not have them) -You will most likely start off failing Lit (don’t worry Rawlin™ is nicer than he seems, and he will help you take care of your grade).
Alright thanks for reading! And thanks Rawlin™ and Pope™! *drops mic*