On this page are essays written in response to AP Language Prompts, all of which scored either an 8 or 9 on the AP Rubric, as graded by either Smith or the College Board. Smith thanks those students who have graciously given their permission for their work to be featured.
Rhetorical Analysis Essays:
Rhetorical Analysis of Bernie Sanders’ 2017 DNC Speech–written by PHS 16-17 Student
Thesis: Through the usage of an appeal to ethos to augment his and Clinton’s credibility, anecdotes that appeal to pathos, and juxtaposition that contrasts Clinton and Trump’s policies, Bernie Sanders accomplishes his purpose TO CONVINCE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT HILLARY CLINTON AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Rhetorical Analysis of Sean’s Speech to Will in movie Good Will Hunting–written by Smith
Thesis: In order to convince Will that he should authentically engage in therapy sessions with Sean, Sean juxtaposes the comparatively easily attained book-knowledge that genius Will has to the real-life experience that he can never have if he remains behind his psychological walls, limns an image of true love, and issues an invitation to Will through direct address.
Rhetorical Analysis of Chief Seattle’s Letter to President Pierce–written by PHS 17-18 Student
Thesis: Inorder to convince white ment to respect the native’s sacred land and realize the detrimental effects they have on nature, Chief Seattle utilizes pathos, crestes imagery, and establishes clear tones throughout his letter to President Pierce.