I collected independent novels at the start of class to check annotation in the first fourth. Then we finally got back around to the excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X from last week. We discussed the rhetorical situation, appeals, and rhetorical style devices in this text. After finishing this, we began our first practice with the AP Lang exam’s multiple-choice section. I reviewed strategies for success on the section of the exam, then students began reading our first practice passage. We will continue working with this passage and answering multiple-choice questions next week. Homework: get started on the second fourth of your independent novel, which I will check next Wednesday.
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.