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2010 Ap Lang Synthesis Essay 2010

 

2010

Ap®

ENGLISH

LANGUAGE

AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE

QUESTIONS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

AND

COMPOSITION

SECTION

II

Total

time-2

hoursQuestion 1

(Suggested

time-40

minutes. This question counts for one-third of the total essay section score.)

Directions:

The following prompt is based

on

the accompanying six sources.This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. When yousynthesize sources, you refer to them to develop your position and cite them accurately.

Your argument should becentral; the sou.rces should support your argument. Avoid merely summarizing the sources.

Remember to attribute both direct and indirect references.

Introduction

Much attention has been given lately

to

the ubiquitous presence

of

information technologies. Our daily lives seem tobe saturated with television, computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and MP3 players, to namejust a few of the most common technologies.Many people extol the ability

of

such technologies

to

provide easy access to information and facilitate research andlearning. At the same time, however, some critics worry that the widespread use

of

information technologies forcesour lives to move too quickly.

We

encounter images and information from the Internet and other sources faster thanwe can process or evaluate them, and even though electronic communication has been enhanced, both the qualityand quantity

of

face-to-face interaction is changing.

Assignment

Read the following sources (including the introductory information) carefully.

Then, in an essay

that

synthesizes

at

least three

of

the sources for support, evaluate the most

important

factors

that

a school should considerbefore using

particular

technologies in

curriculum

and

instruction.

You may refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.)

or

by the descriptions in parentheses.Source A (Rotstein)Source B (Delaney)Source C (Dyson)Source D (Johnson)Source E (Gelemter)Source F (cartoon)

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