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AP English Language and Composition Test Booklet March 2021 Synthesis Name Copyright © 2021. The College Board. These materials are part of a College Board program. Use or distribution of these materials online or in print beyond your school’s participation in the program is prohibited. Page 1 of 6 1. In the United States, kindergarten has generally been considered an educational setting that provides opportunities for children to ready themselves for the academic and social worlds of formal education. However, the twenty-first- century drive toward increased academic standards has been felt even in the earliest grades, leading some researchers to express concern that the kindergarten experience is being compromised. Carefully read the following six sources, including the introductory information for each source. Write an essay that synthesizes material from at least three of the sources and develops your position on the extent to which, if any, kindergarten should be transformed into a more academic environment than it has been in the past. Source A (Svensen) Source B (Breen) Source C (Rioual) Source D (chart) Source E (Curwood) Source F (photo) In your response you should do the following: Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible position. Select and use evidence from at least three of the provided sources to support your line of reasoning. Indicate clearly the sources used through direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. Sources may be cited as Source A, Source B, etc., or by using the description in parentheses. Explain how the evidence supports your line of reasoning. Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating your argument. Source A Svensen, Ann. “Kindergarten Controversy.” Family Education, n.d., preparing-kindergarten/kindergarten-controversy. The following passage is excerpted from an online parenting informational resource. It used to be so simple: five-year-olds went to kindergarten and six-year-olds went to first grade. But what was once a natural course of events has recently become a difficult decision for many parents. Why? Because kindergarten ain’t what it used to be. In the Beginning . . . Kindergarten was originally conceived in the 1800s by German philosopher and school teacher Friedrich Froebel. He thought of it literally as a “child’s garden”—a place to fill with plants and flowers and nurture children’s curiosity. It was not meant to be a functional classroom.
AP English Language and Composition Test Booklet March 2021 Synthesis Copyright © 2021. The College Board. These materials are part of a College Board program. Use or distribution of these materials online or in print beyond your school’s participation in the program is prohibited. Page 2 of 6 Vivian Paley, author and award-winning early childhood educator, believes that the goal of this first school year is to develop the social and imaginative strengths of children, and to build confidence. She has this message for kindergarten teachers, “Know your subject: Play.” Straying from its Roots

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