English Language and Composition
AP Annual Conference Submission
Students like to let sources create their argument instead of creating one themselves. Learning illustrating, authorizing, extending, and countering helps students interact with sources. This forces them to analyze the purpose of the evidence resulting in more nuanced writing because students see how they can use evidence to build their credibility, to provide examples of their point, to address counterarguments, and to help move their point forward. When students understand the purpose behind evidence and how evidence can work to build an argument, they are able to create arguments that go beyond a simple summary of sources. This session shows participants how to use sources. First, participants will be introduced to the different moves through examples and definitions. Then, participants will locate these moves in excerpts of essays. Participants will practice creating these moves in their writing. Finally, participants will look at student examples.