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The Art of the Literary Toolbox

Seeking
Evidence
Novel Sheet vs. Toolbox
Provides supporting evidence
Provides important for any free response essay
background information that when using that particular
you should know (publication, novel or play
author, historical background, Layout of the assignments for
plot, main characters, etc.) a novel or play (on the
Your own, AUTHENTIC, calendar)
version of Cliff Notes, List evidence that is typically
Sparknotes, or Shmoop used to support analysis in
Study Guide at the end of the Literature
year to review books for AP So important, you get +5
exam bonus points on your essay for
it
Look at the AP Calendar
MONDAY, 8/1 TUESDAY, 8/18 WEDNESDAY, 8/19 THURSDAY, 8/20 FRIDAY, 8/21
Metamorphosis Metamorphosis Metamorphosis Metamorphosis Metamorphosis
What is a Literary Toolbox? Symbolism: the use of symbols Independent Work Read and Annotate "Notes Paired Time Writing
to signify ideas and qualities by One Pager- THEME from the Underground" PRACTICE
How do I use it to help me giving them symbolic meanings that Guided Questions Bring your Toolbox
are different from their literal sense.
with an AP Free Response H.W. "Notes from the
essay? Underground" and Class Discussion 1 Pager Due
H.W. 1 Pager due Fri.
annotate Socratic Style

PRO TIP: The calendar lays out the assignments for the unit. Most of the
assignments are to give you ideas on how to make connections or
analyze the text.
Critical Literary Theory

PRO TIP: Make sure you consider using a lens to analyze literature. We
always focus on at least one literary theory per book. AP judges will eat
that up. Critical Literary Theory is a college level tool!
Figurative Language

PRO TIP: Figurative Language is


key to supporting your
themes and analysis of a text.
AP judges expect you to
point out these devices.
This should be
labeled a
Metaphor Common Mistakes Extended
Metaphor
Or Motif

PRO TIP: Make sure


to clearly label the
literary device and
explain the
meaning.

Symbol NOT
represents
Literary Time
Period
PRO TIP: Simply refers to
a period of time in
which many authors
followed similar
patterns of writing or
used similar subjects or
approaches
Gregor exemplifies existentialism
through his ignorance of human needs,
his persistent unhappiness and the
denial of his insect state. Kafka shows
his non-rational style of writing in The
Metamorphosis through Gregors
character as he struggles the fate of
living in a bugs body.
Author Background
PRO TIP: Sometimes it We know that
might be important Kafka
to make a experienced the
connection in the alienation and
text to the authors paralysis of the
background. everyman based
on his letters to
Tread lightly on this his father.
one. You dont want
to make Universal
assumptions nor do themes for his
you want to speak time period.
for the author.
See the
notes in
the
Literary
Toolbox
?
Now the ideas are
used as evidence
in the essay.
PRO TIP: We always
read poems in Connections
each unit that
follow similar The Metamorphosis
central ideas or Notes from the Underground
Graphic Novel
themes found in
the text. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Sometimes, we Crossing the Swamp
Girl
read historical
speeches or Native Son
excerpts. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Add those text-to- Still I Rise
Telephone Conversation
text connections to Speaking with Hands
your toolbox and Booker T. Washingtons Atlanta Compromise
explain the
connection.
PRO TIP: We
cover a lot of
material so
that you have
a plethora of
evidence to
use to
support an
analysis.

The toolbox
should be
covered.

Beautiful
The Point
The Free Response prompt is a surprise. You dont know what the prompt
is going to be, but you do know which text you could use.

When you read the prompt, you only have to worry about breaking it
down and organizing your thoughts.

If the Literary Toolbox has been done ahead of time, you dont have to
worry about how you will support your claims. All you have to do is pull
the tools from your headyour BRAIN!

PRO TIP: WHY LOSE THESE FIVE BONUS POINTS?!