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Our mothers and fathers stood in the dark hall and joined the hymn of encouragement. A kindergarten teacher led the small children onto the stage and the buttercups and daisies and bunny rabbits marked time and tried to follow:Each child I knew had learned that song with his ABC's and along with "Jesus Loves Me This I Know." But I personally had never heard it before. Never heard the words, despite the thousands of times I had sung them. Never thought they had anything to do with me.On the other hand, the words of Patrick Henry had made such an impression on me that I had been able to stretch myself tall and trembling and say, "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."And now I heard, really for the first time:While echoes of the song shivered in the air, Henry Reed bowed his head, said "Thank you," and returned to his place in the line. The tears that slipped down many faces were not wiped away in shame.We were on top again. As always, again. We survived. The depths had been icy and dark, but now a bright sun spoke to our souls. I was no longer simply a member of the proud graduating cTassof 1940; I was a proud member of the wonderful, beautiful Negro race.Oh, Black )Chown and unknown poets, how often have your auctioned wins sustained us? Who will compute the lonely nights ma4e less lonely by your songs, or the empty pots made less tragiciby your tales?If we Were a people much given to revealin secrets, we might raise monuments and sacrifice to the memori of our poets, but slavery cured us of that weakness. It may be enough, however, to ave it said that we survive in exact relationship to the dedication of our poets (include preachers, musicians, and blues singers).SAMPLE GRADING RUBRIC FOR THE FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION SCORING RUBRICIn part II of the English Language and Composition exam, you will have two hours to complete the three free response questions (40 minutes each). Those tests will receive a 1-9 with the score of 9 being the best.Give the essay you are grading a score at the top based on what you have read and understood.In addition, to help further the learning of the writer, correct any errors that you may see on the exam.9- ExemplarySame as the 8 essay, but these essays meeting a score of nine respond to the prompt in a particularly sophisticated manner. The writer has shown impressive control over diction and grammar and has a solid train of thought. Language is in appropriate voice.8- EffectiveEssays that meet an eight respond to the prompt effectively. They specifically and effectively address all that they are asked to address in the prompt, and they support their argument with appropriate evidence. The prose demonstrates an ability to control a wide range of the elements of writing, but is not entirely flawless.