11th AP Language and Composition
Choose a work of nonfiction from the attached list to read over the summer. As you read, take notes about the speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject and tone of the work. Use your notes to compose a six-paragraph typed essay that addresses each of the components of the SOAPSTone strategy, in order. Each paragraph should be linked together with smooth transitions and backed up with quote support from the text. Essays will be due on the first day of school and worth 50 points.
The SOAPSTone strategy may appear to be somewhat formulaic and rigid, but it helps students, especially novice writers, to clarify and organize their thoughts prior to writing. It provides a specific structure for the text. By the time students have finished answering the SOAPSTone questions, they will have an outline of what they think, where they are going with their ideas, and why they are writing. This strategy is not a substitute for the hard work and practice necessary for students to increase their skill in the use of language or in the development of individual writing styles. But it is an important first step.
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