This is the end of the third quarter. It’s time to save some work in your portfolio. You should probably save all of your major written work: the newspaper and the short story. You could also save some of your Much Ado responses. You might want to “print screen” a vocabulary quiz or activity to show what you are doing. At this point you can total up your scores from the third quarter. Divide the total by the total possible and then multiply by 100 for your grade. (Just ignore decimals.) This is your third quarter grade. At the end of the year, we can add in points for completing the reading and daily assignments, but you should try for an A. Look at where you lost points and think about what you need to do to not lose them again.
Each essay is read by experienced, well-trained high school AP teachers or college professors. The essay is given a holistic score from 1 to 9. (A score of 0 is recorded for a student who writes completely off the topic-for example, "Why I think this test is a waste of money." A student who doesn't even attempt an essay, who leaves a blank page, will receive the equivalent of a 0 score, but it is noted as a dash [-] on the reader's scoring sheet.) The reader assigns a score based on the essay's merits as a whole, on what the essay does well; the readers don't simply count errors. Although each essay topic has its own scoring rubric (or guide) based on that topic's specific information, a general scoring guide for rhetorical analysis and argumentation essays follows. Notice that, on the whole, essay-scoring guides encompass four essential points; AP readers want your essay to be (1) on topic, (2) well organized, (3) thoroughly developed, and (4) correct in mechanics and sophisticated in style.