For an enormous collection of sample essays you can use as a reference point for the This I Believe assignment, you can check out the NPR web site, which contains audio and text essays from the show in the 1950s and the past decade.

A few interesting ones include:

The article for discussion group this week might be of interest to the AP Language students, as it explores the way that fact based persuasion has given way to emotional denials:

A democracy that permits outraged denial to turn truth into a subjective concept will not remain a democracy for long. It will become an Animal Farm run by those with the biggest microphone, sharpest bayonet and maddest Mad Men. Preventing that devolution requires a true independent media—one free from corporate control and therefore free to aggressively police the truth.

Check out the article here and think about attending Wednesday night at 7:30.

As you begin your propaganda research, you might want to take a look at some of these samples of propaganda from around the world. Included are some video clips, historical posters, and more. Once this link rotates off the main page, you can find the link on the top AP Language menu under Web Links.

Enjoy propagandizing!

The notes and materials for the second AP Language quest are located here. If you would like to practice Toulmin paragraphs, you can use these two links: