In what you are designating as your AP Language and Composition Journal, complete the following for each of the six essays where six different writers offer different takes on the idea of happiness (in the heading, somewhere indicate that this is journal entry #2 – you’re also encouraged to give the entry some sort of clever title):
Identify the phrase/sentence/passage you feel best encapsulates the main idea, purpose (or thesis). (What are they saying about happiness?)
As you go through, identify specific instances where the writer uses some of the stylistic elements elaborated on in last night’s reading – that’s anything from sentence structure (length, parallelism, etc.), to punctuation, to diction (word choice), to figurative language (tropes, schemes). And try to go broad with this; don’t just pick out the metaphors in each essay. In addition, write a little bit about the effect of these choices – think about how the writer’s style works with what the writer’s saying.
Finally, for each essay, write a little bit about how the author’s definition of happiness compares to your own? Was your idea of happiness challenged? Confirmed? Try to be specific (vivid, concrete) with regards to both the text and your own thinking.
And here are links to the essays: