Test Prep - Outside Reading

Global Perspectives

       As AP Students, you will leave here more suited to listen, read, write, speak, and view life more critically.  The argument can be made -- and it is, every day -- English is, at worst, irrelevant and, at best, impractical.      Let me make an argument for why it's not:  

A lawyer has a client come to him/her and say, "I'm innocent."  Maybe so, maybe not.  

      If you are the kind of lawyer that wants to make money at any cost, guilt does not matter. If you are the kind of lawyer that likes the charge of competition, then guilt does not matter.  If you're the kind of lawyer who wants to save the world, guilt doesn't matter.  Whatever the case, you have the same task:


  • You Listen - for indications of guilt or innocence
  • You take the Case -- writing a brief for the case, researching the case 
  • You go to Court-- communicating your client's case before the court.

      

      So, you say, "I'm not going to be a lawyer" (this is a rhetorical method, btw, called procatalepsis where I state your objections before you do).  Name it: doctor, nurse, salesman, hair stylist.  Everyone has to state their opinion and most have to do so to convince another to make a decision. 

     Life is about observing, concluding, and arguing.  And these are the skills you will gain from AP.  Throughout the course of the year, then, you will be asked to do assignments you do not always fully understand.  The worksheets and assignments to the right here will help you in this process. 

     Most of these are linked to the pages where you need them, but, should you lose an assignment or two, this is the place to find the replacement.  

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