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Introduction to the Junior Theme

A major goal of AP English III is to teach students to think about contemporary issues, analyze other people’s opinions about those issues, and express their own ideas in ways that are clear and convincing. Last semester’s work on argumentation gave you some of the basic skills for this. Now you need to refine those skills and focus them on a single contemporary issue that interests you.
We’ll use a previous AP essay as a model for your junior theme. Essay 2 on the 2004 exam asked the following question:

Contemporary life is marked by controversy. Choose a controversial local, national, or global issue with which you are familiar. Then, using appropriate evidence, write an essay that
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An analysis of what the two positions have in common and what goals and values you share.

A proposal for resolving the issue in a way that recognizes the interests of both parties.

As Rogers says, “If you really understand another person in this way, if you are willing to enter his private world and see the way life appears to him, without any attempt to make evaluative judgments, you run the risk of being changed yourself.” We need to constantly examine our thinking to make sure we know what we think we know.

Junior Theme Requirements

An old expression says, “The devil is in the details,” and that’s certainly true in this assignment. Both parts of the assignment—the research and the writing—are broken into smaller steps, many of which will be graded. If you keep up with the details, you’ll make good daily grades and produce a better paper.


1 highlighter

2 Folder with brads and pockets for the final paper

Research requirements

1 At least 5 sources

1 General encyclopedias will not count. This includes print and electronic editions of works such as Wiki-anything, World Book and Encarta

2 You may use Internet sources, but make sure they are of academic quality. No more than 2 of your 5 sources may be internet sources. NO .COM SOURCES ALLOWED

2 You must have a copy/printout of EVERY SOURCE you use, with

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