After students turned in their independent novels for me to check the third-fourth annotations, we got out Chromebooks and began with a journal prompt pertaining to the independent novel reading and preparing for the essay about same. We then moved over to Google Classroom, where I have posted two assignments — a simple research activity around the historical context of the independent novel and a second, individual, This I Believe listening activity. Students worked on one of these two activities (largely, the TIB one) for the rest of class, and many completed it. Homework: complete both Google Classroom assignments by the start of class on Tuesday; also, continue reading as your completely annotated independent novel is due on 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.