AP English

Argument Essy (Formative)

Educational psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth argues that intelligence and talent are overrated as determinants of long-term success and that the most important predictor of achievement is a trait called grit, which she defines as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Duckworth further notes that the gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina.

Write an essy that argues your position on the degree to which grit determines ones ability to achieve.

In your response you should do the following:

  • Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible position.
  • Provide evidence to support your line of reasoning.
  • Explain how the evidence supports your line of reasoning.
  • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating your argument.