I planned a quiet day for today after everyone worked hard on the timed RA essay last time. I distributed copies of David Sedaris’s essay, “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” along with a copy of the Rhetorical Analysis handout similar to the one we completed for the Malcolm X piece. Students had an hour to read and annotate the essay and fill out the handout, with any extra time (there should have been lots) used for independent novel reading. We spent the last half hour of class talking about the Sedaris piece. Homework: the third fourth of your independent novel is due next Thursday.
College professors frequently lament the poor writing skills of the students who enter their classrooms, particularly straight out of high school. This course is designed to help you succeed in not only a freshman composition course, but in college altogether. Students will learn to think critically, read analytically, and communicate with clarity and confidence.
While students may earn college credit if they receive a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam (depending on their chosen college), the ultimate goal of this course is to prepare students for the rigors of college writing.