Current Events Assignment Description

AP Language and Composition
Mrs. Pippin-Montañez
AP Language Current Events – On-going Assignment
Every third Friday, we will spend the class period discussing current events that we can
use as specific and appropriate evidence for Argument- and Synthesis-based timed writes.
Make a copy of a recent (3 months past at the oldest) magazine or newspaper article
regarding a world event or issue that you feel is important and relates to larger social
issues or human values.
On the day you submit the article, attach a typed page with the following
1. Cite the source of your article MLA Format
2. Identify the speaker, subject and audience in rhetorical triangle format
3. Identify any bias that you notice
4. What about this persuaded you or intrigued you? How could you use this article in
a potential Argument-based timed write?
Students will be asked to give a brief overview of the article during the class period.
Strong sources for relevant, scholarly
New Yorker
Detroit Free Press
Boston Globe
Washington Post
Wall Street Journal
Harper’s Weekly
Atlantic Monthly
USA Today
Scientific American
National Geographic
Rolling Stone
TV broadcasts
People Magazine or other
Hollywood gossip “rags”
Sports statistics
Articles about local interest
MLA Citation Format for AP Language Current Events Assignments
Scholarly Journal Article (One Author)
Works Cited:
Myerson, Joel. "A Calendar of Transcendental Club Meetings."
American Literature 44 (1972): 197-207. Print.
Scholarly Journal Article (Two Authors)
Works Cited:
Brown, Cecelia M., and Lina Ortega. "Information-Seeking
Behavior of Physical Science Librarians: Research and Practice."
College & Research Libraries 66 (2005): 231-247. Print.
Magazine Article (One Author)
Works Cited:
Cook, Mariana. "Cousin Kay." Victoria Nov. 2001: 27-28. Print.
Newspaper Article
Works Cited:
Smith, James P. "Build it and They Will Come." New York Times 2 May 1987,
late ed.: C2+. Print.
Electronic Resources
MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations. Because Web addresses are
not static (i.e. they change often) and because documents sometimes appear in multiple
places on the Web (e.g. on multiple databases), MLA explains that most readers can find
electronic sources via title or author searches in Internet search engines.
Electronic Scholarly Journal Article (From a Database)
Works Cited:
Herold, Niels. "Pedagogy, Hamlet, and the Manufacture of Wonder."
Shakespeare Quarterly 46.2 (1995):125-134. JSTOR. Web. 31 Dec. 2009.
Electronic Scholarly Journal Article (From a Web Site)
Works Cited:
Sohmer, Steve. "12 June 1599: Opening Day at Shakespeare's Globe." Early
Modern Literary Studies 3.1 (1997): n. pag. Web. 22 June 1999.