AP English Language and Composition Exam: Guide for Essays

This Guide for the AP English Language and Composition Exam provides valuable specific, concrete directions for writing each of the three essays—the Synthesis, the Analysis, and the Argumentative. Also included is a generic AP Rubric that can be used to score any of the essays, as well as lists of the types of mistakes to avoid when writing the essays.

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About James Mulhern

Mr. James Mulhern has been teaching for twenty-six years in a variety of settings--college, high school, middle school, at-risk, and alternative environments. He has taught English, Writing, Math, History, Science, and a job skills course. Mr. Mulhern also has editorial experience working for an educational publisher in Boston (textbooks and The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition). In addition, Mr. Mulhern performed editorial work for Ploughshares, a literary magazine, for a Teacher Test publisher in Amherst, Massachusetts, and for a law publishing house in New York City.

He taught writing and literature at Emerson College in Boston. Currently, he is on staff as adjunct faculty at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Mulhern also works as a high school teacher in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Mr. Mulhern is a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative and a Reader for the Advanced Placement English Exam (College Board). He also works as a free-lance editor and writer. Mr. Mulhern has published fiction in several literary journals. One of his stories was published in The Library's Best, a collection of best short stories. In September of 2013, he was chosen as a finalist for the Tuscany Prize in Catholic Fiction. Mr. Mulhern was awarded a fellowship to study in the United Kingdom during the summer of 2015, where he participated in writing seminars at Oxford University's Exeter College. In September of 2015, two short stories received Honorable Mentions for the Short Story America Prize. Nine short stories/adaptions from his novel "Molly Bonamici," a dark comic mystery set in Boston and South Florida, have been accepted for publication by a variety of literary journals. Two of those short stories received awards. The Missouri Review, considered one of the premier literary magazines in the United States, wrote that his novelette, A Prayer for Home, "impressed the editorial staff with its well-written, complex characters, themes of the piece, and its fantastic voice." In March of 2016, Mr. Mulhern was shortlisted for the InkTears Annual Short Story Contest.

Mr. Mulhern published a short story collection, a novel, a novelette, and four individual short stories on Amazon.com in January of 2016. He is also writing a teacher guide for the AP English Language and Composition class, and other curriculum materials. He publishes lesson and unit plans that are available on Amazon.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds Mr. Mulhern earns from advertising revenue on his education website, bestsite.us, as well as all earnings from curriculum materials that Mr. Mulhern publishes through Amazon.com, are donated to the scholarship fund that he established in his father's name or a charity.

Mr. Mulhern can be contacted through authormulhern@gmail.com.

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