We started class with 15 minutes of reading time, and then students returned to Google Classroom for more work on This I Believe and Independent Novel essay prep. For the first activity, students had to comment on others’ TIB listening documents from last class (some essays they had previously heard, some that were new to them), and this was mostly completed in class. For the second activity, students started working on preparing for the Independent Novel Essay by answering a series of questions to lead them to theme and organization around this theme. Homework: finish your independent novel by the start of class on Thursday; the Independent Novel Essay Prep assignment is due through Google Classroom by 9:00 p.m. Friday night.
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.