They practice this skill while reading "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" by Henry David Thoreau, "Lost in the Kitchen" by Dave Barry, and "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood" by Richard Rodriguez.
Unit 9 In this unit students learn to recognize cause and effect.
Following this unit students are presented with the Mid-Term Review and Exam.
Unit 8 In this unit students learn to compare and contrast.
Here are some key guidelines to remember in learning to write a critical essay: If you acquire these skills—organizing ideas, marshalling evidence, being logical in analysis, and using the text judiciously—you should have little trouble writing your essays on the AP Exam.
Practice in other kinds of writing—narrative, argument, exposition, and personal writing—all have their place alongside practice in writing on demand.
As you study and practice writing, consider the following points. When you read what published authors have written you are immersed not just in their ideas, but in the pulsing of their sentences and the aptness of their diction.
The more you read, the more that the rhythm of the English language will be available to influence your writing.
Reading is not a substitute for writing, but it does help lay the foundation that makes good writing possible.
When you have penned what you think is a great sentence or a clean, logical paragraph, read it over to yourself out loud. Delight in the ideas, savor the diction, and let the phrases and clauses roll around in your mind. You may discover you have a voice worthy of respect.