1 Nadal

Ap Literature And Composition Poetry Essay Prompts For To Kill

ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Welcome to the AP Lit and Comp page. On this page you will find documents, assignments, links, and models that are relevant to the curriculum of this course.

Course Documents

Unit One: Intro to AP

reading_fiction_excerpt.pdf
File Size: 1373 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


reading_poetry_article.pdf
File Size: 2726 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


literary_terms_assignment.docx
File Size: 14 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


introductory_poems.docx
File Size: 17 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


petrarchan_sonnet_notes.docx
File Size: 13 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


Response to Lit: Unit 1

Their Eyes Were Watching God Writing
TEWWG Writing 2
Reading Fiction highlights/notes
​Book List
Lit Terms Examples
   - 5 from book list
Miss Brill ?'s
​Reading Poetry highlights/notes
Poetry Writing Response
​Intro Poem ?'s

The Great Gatsby

gatsby_background.pdf
File Size: 3452 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


gatsby_rpc_piece.pdf
File Size: 1840 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Response to Lit

Gatsby Background Reading Notes
Gatsby Quote Response 1-2
Gatsby Quote Response 3-4
Gatsby Descriptors Reaction (3-4)
Daisy = American Dream (1/2 pg)
Gatsby Response 5-6
Gatsby Word Choice Activity
Gatsby Ch. 7 Response
​​Gatsby Chapter 7 Lit Terms
Gatsby 8-9 Response (1 pg)
Gatsby Themes Response (600 words)
Gatsby Final 2 Paragraphs
Gatsby American Dream notes (​X2)

Death of a Salesman

miller_tragedy_background_reading.docx
File Size: 25 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


death_of_a_salesman_themes.docx
File Size: 14 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


prior_dos_reading.pdf
File Size: 6184 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Response to Lit (DOS)

DOS Response 1: 500 words
Linda Quotes: 350 words
Success Quotes Response
DOS Act II ?'s
DOS Final Response
KSP Response: 300-350 words
***Looking for 2200 words total on Death of a Salesman. One document. Labeled. If you are short, declare a topic (connected with the book or any of these writings) and write.

Poetry Unit 1

Poetry Response to Lit

Poetry Assignment (see link):
  • Dulce Et Decorum Est
  • The Man He Killed
  • Eithics
  • There's Been a Death
  • Is My Team Ploughing
Sonnet Work
Terence ?'s
Browning 1 pg. response

Writing with Life Information

Write with Life Assigned Writings 2017

1. Sarah K "Montauk (300-350)
2. Lists: 3X5
3. List Writing 1 (300-350)
4. List Writing 2 (300-350)
​5. Smartphone picture (300-350)
​6. Sarah K "Point B" or "Knock "Knock"
​7. "I grew up around a mother and father who _________"
8. Peer Response
​9. Choice:
  • "I got ______ because. . ."
  • "Truth is a hard apple to catch. . ."
10. Room

Response to Lit Work

Character Writing (Ch. 1-12)
Character you have the most to say (Ch. 1-12)
Ch. 13-20 Writing
  • 5 quotes
  • First Impressions writing (one page)
  • peer quote response (one page)
Volume I Theme Writing (150-200 words)
Ch. 25-33 Writing
Ch. 34-42 Writing​
Volume III Writing

Essay of Analysis

Pride and Prejudice

Importance of Being Earnest

earnest_background.pdf
File Size: 2536 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


ibe_final_documents.pdf
File Size: 1067 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Short Story Unit 1

young_goodman_brown_text.docx
File Size: 27 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


a_rose_for_emily_text.docx
File Size: 22 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


good_country_people_passage.pdf
File Size: 1049 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


College Essay Competition Unit

Our Final Work Together

Exam Prep

full_frq_practice.pdf
File Size: 1182 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


guidelines_for_timed_essay_writing.docx
File Size: 15 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


Frankenstein

Poetry Unit 2

poetry_unit_2_poems.docx
File Size: 30 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


Rime of the Ancient Mariner

romantic_and_gothic_elements_notes.docx
File Size: 15 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


rime_of_the_ancient_mariner.docx
File Size: 70 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


Hamlet

shakespearean_speeches_2016.pdf
File Size: 1668 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Read the two PDF's below. Through user error (I won't say whose), the last page of the first document is actually the first page on the second document. Read them both and you'll be fine.
shakespeare_language_notes.pdf
File Size: 3432 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


shakespeare_theater_notes.pdf
File Size: 4924 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Hamlet Exam Study Guide

Response to Lit
  • Famous Shakespearean speeches paraphrases
  • Notes: Shakespeare Background
  • I, 1-3 Questions
  • III, 1-2 Questions (Including paraphrased lines)
  • Act IV Writing (Major events, commentary on most significant)
  • V, 2 Work
  • Themes Writing

Research Paper Resources

annotated_bibliography_directions_for_ap.docx
File Size: 21 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


annotated_bib_model_1.pdf
File Size: 110 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


annotated_bib_model_2.pdf
File Size: 128 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


research_outline_model.docx
File Size: 15 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


dykstra_graphic_novel_final_paper.doc
File Size: 79 kb
File Type: doc
Download File


research_essay_model_1.pdf
File Size: 2530 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


research_essay_model_2.pdf
File Size: 3775 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Poetry Work

"Poetry Assignment" Response for
  • Dulce Et Decorum Est
  • The Man He Killed
  • Ethics
  • Is My Team Ploughing
  • There's Been a Death, In the Opposite House
Shakespearean Sonnets Assignment
Terence Questions
Browning Poems One Pg Response
Own Poetry Responses (X3)
rime_of_the_ancient_mariner_questions.docx
File Size: 14 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


dykstra_british_lit_proposal.docx
File Size: 19 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


direct_instruction.doc
File Size: 32 kb
File Type: doc
Download File


practice_poetry_frq_models.pdf
File Size: 3240 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


gatsby_frq_models.pdf
File Size: 4017 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


frq_1_intro_example_1.pdf
File Size: 679 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


frq_1_intro_example_2.pdf
File Size: 864 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


Writing Lab

compare_contrast_essay_help.pdf
File Size: 3214 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File


tips_for_writing_about_literature.docx
File Size: 14 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


model_paragraph_writing_about_lit.docx
File Size: 14 kb
File Type: docx
Download File


For some students, the most difficult portion of an AP exam is the free response portion. This is not different for students who have to take the AP English Literature exam and tackle the essays in the FRQs. The exam is designed to test you on your ability to analyze higher level pieces of literature and to make you demonstrate your comprehension of the various pieces. However, for many students, a challenging part of the essay portion is having to select and remember key themes and highlights of the novel so that you can provide evidence with your analysis.

These abilities will be particularly put to the test with the third question on the free response question section of the AP English Literature exam. While you are given a prompt for the third FRQ, just like the first two, it’s up to you to select which piece of literature to use to answer the question. You will be provided with a list of suggested works to answer the question, so the safest bet is to choose from the list at your disposal. But, it’s up to you to select a book, come up with a thesis, and provide evidence from the literature you choose.

For the AP English Literature exam, you are not expected to have specific sections or lines memorized from every single novel, play, and poem you covered during your class. However, knowing key themes and important scenes of the books you covered is a great way to prepare yourself for the exam. Another way to get prepared for the exam is through FRQ practice. So, for this AP English Literature Ultimate Guide, we will be covering how to use To Kill A Mockingbird for the 2015, 2011 and 2009 free response questions.

To Kill a Mockingbird AP English Lit essay Themes

To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of siblings Scout and Jem, and their father Atticus who all live in Maycomb, Alabama. The main storyline centers around how Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man convicted on false rape charges.

A central theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is the theme of good and evil; the book itself explores humanity and human morality. Atticus himself believes that people have both good and evil present in them, but at the end of the day good will win out. This is shown through his defense of Tom Robinson, an innocent black man who is falsely accused of rape. After the trail, and Tom Robinson’s conviction Scout and Jem are disappointed with the fellow people in their town because of their explicit racism.

Another theme that is central to the novel is the theme of education. Atticus taught Scout how to read and write and so she is ahead of her class when she enters school; she is then punished and told not to learn at home because the teacher feels that Atticus doesn’t know how to properly teach.

However, Atticus clearly takes pride in encouraging his children’s education and their curiosity; he is always truthful with them when they ask questions, and he encourages them to grow within their intellect and their morality. There is a conflict within this education at home and the education at school because the school teacher for Scout feels there needs to be a specific schedule of learning.

Social inequality and racism is also a major theme throughout the book. This is clear to the setting of the novel, in Alabama during the Depression Era there was still rampant racism. Tom Robinson’s story line is the epitome of this racism, due to the fact that he is convicted with rape solely because of his skin color.

How to use To Kill a Mockingbird for the 2015 AP English Literature Free Response Questions

The 2015 AP English Literature FRQ gives you this prompt:

“In literary works, cruelty often functions as a crucial motivation or a major social or political factor. Select a novel, play, or epic poem in which acts of cruelty are important to the theme. Then write a well-developed essay analyzing how cruelty functions in the work as a whole and what the cruelty reveals about the perpetrator and/or victim. You may select a work from the list or another work of equal literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.”

A major theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is good versus evil, and cruelty is a key player in the evil portion of this book. There are two characters that can be used to demonstrate how cruelty is present in the novel: Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.

Boo Radley is victimized by the people who live in Maycomb. While the town portrays him as a savage, he is actually gentle and kind. The cruel rumors spread about Boo Radley and his supposed crime means that he is forever suspected of bad intentions and bad deeds. The people of the town refuse to give Boo Radley a chance, and continue to make their own conclusions about him. The cruelty shown to him is the town’s ridicule and gossip.

Tom Robinson is shown cruelty by the false rape allegations and false rape conviction he faces. This is down to utter racism, because although other characters in the book profess to Tom’s character and innocence, he is eventually convicted because the accuser was white and Tom is black.

How to use To Kill a Mockingbird for the 2011 AP English Literature Free Response Questions

The 2011 AP English Literature FRQ gives you this prompt:

“Choose a character from a novel or play who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice. Then write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which the character’s search for justice is successful, and the significance of this search for the work as a whole. You may select a work from the list or another work of equal literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.”

For To Kill A Mockingbird, the two best characters to choose for a possible thesis is either Atticus or Scout.

For Atticus, you can discuss his decision to defend Tom Robinson despite the criticism of the town and threats of violence. In a very racist town in Alabama during the Depression, this is an unsurmountable task. Atticus works extremely hard to challenge people’s social perspectives and the racism that is deeply ingrained in each individual and the town’s society.

If you choose Scout, you can discuss how she reacts to social injustice when it is placed in front of her. Throughout the novel it is made clear that Scout doesn’t believe that people should be treated unequally, and she has a difficult time understanding why there is a social and racial class structure in the town.

How to use To Kill a Mockingbird for the 2009 (Form B) AP English Literature Free Response Questions

The 2009 AP English Literature FRQ (Form B) gives you this prompt:

“Many works of literature deal with political or social issues. Choose a novel or play that focuses on a political or social issue. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the author uses literary elements to explore this issue and explain how the issue contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot. You may choose a work from the list below or another novel or play of similar literary merit.”

To Kill A Mockingbird is a perfect novel to choose when discussing political or social issues. The particular social and political issue that is present in the novel is racism. Throughout the story, Scout attempts to understand the differences between the races that cause the social structure of Maycomb. Another large factor of racism in the book is the conviction of Tom Robinson for no other reason than he is black.

A possible thesis you could use is a discussion of how Scout and Jem attempting to understand what actually defines social classes. Scout errs on the side of things are what they are, and Jem’s belief is that where you fall in social standing is due to how long someone’s ancestors have had the ability to write. Scout is presented clearly with the social and economic differences in her town when a boy came to school without lunch or money to buy lunch. Scout and her classmates are aware of the inequalities present, but they see them as something naturally occurring, as well as permanent.

An interesting factor is that within the social hierarchy of the town, the Finch family is comfortably near the top; also, the hierarchy is only applicable to the white people in town, whereas the black population is below any of the white families. Although Scout is aware of the social structure of Maycomb, it is difficult for her to understand why it’s like that because she believes that no matter which family a person came from, everyone should be treated the same way.

Conclusion

Just like with any novel, play, or poem you consider using for the AP English Literature essay on the FRQ portion of your exam, it’s essential that you have a grasp on the key themes of To Kill A Mockingbird. When you reach the third essay on the FRQ portion of your exam, make sure that you not only pick a book that you know enough about to provide adequate evidence, but also one that is highly applicable to the prompt.

You could know a lot about a book, but if a grader doesn’t feel it adequately responded to the prompt given to you, then you will receive a lower score. However, To Kill a Mockingbird was a suggested piece of literature on all three of the examples covered in this guide, and the novel was highly applicable to all three.

Remember, almost every single student who is enrolled in an Advanced Placement course is going to be stressed and concerned about the AP exams. And the AP English Literature exam is no exception, particularly with the essay on the FRQ portion of your exam. However, this Ultimate Guide to To Kill a Mockingbird on the 2015, 2011, and 2009 AP English Literature FRQs should help ease your concern.

Are you looking for a more general overview of the AP English Literature FRQs or you want writing advice for the FRQ section? Then check out our Ultimate Guide to 2016 AP English Literature FRQs and our Ultimate Guide to 2015 AP English Literature FRQs. Our AP English Literature section also has practice free response questions with both sample responses and rubrics to help you practice for the AP English Literature exam. Good luck!

Looking for AP English Literature practice?

Kickstart your AP English Literature prep with Albert. Start your AP exam prep today.

Leave a Comment

(0 Comments)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *