THE AMERICAN DREAM Exploring the Complexity Exploring the Complexity of the Topic • For AP persuasive essays, depth of thought is key. • Don’t take the typical high school position or give the typical high school examples. • Develop your own toolbox of evidence. • Pay attention to current events. • Pay attention in history class. • Read! • Consider different ways of looking at the prompt. • Various definitions of terms • Qualifications • Concessions BUT DON’T SACRIFICE CLARITY! You need… A clear thesis statement that establishes a clear position (don’t ride the fence) Clear topic sentences Focused paragraphs Clear transitions SPECIFIC examples Clear, logical reasoning Thorough explanation that connects information back to your thesis Embedded concession and refutation The American Dream: Topic 1 “The American Dream is accessible and achievable for all Americans.” Defend, refute, or qualify. What is the complexity of this topic? The American Dream: Topic 2 “The American Dream is a myth to today’s generations. Hard work does not guarantee success; luck does.” Defend? Refute? Qualify? What is the complexity of this prompt? The American Dream: Topic 3 “It is the government’s primary responsibility to make sure that the American Dream is achievable for every hard-working American.” Defend, refute, or qualify. What is the complexity of this topic? The American Dream: Topic 4 “All Americans are entitled to an equal shot at the American Dream.” Defend, refute, or qualify. What is the complexity of this topic?