After collecting everyone’s independent novels to check the second fourth, we worked on our first practice, timed Rhetorical Analysis essay today in class. I walked students through the beginning steps of reading and annotating the prompt and outlining their essay. Then students had 40 whole minutes just to write the essay (about 10 minutes longer than the recommended time), after which, I walked everyone through some peer-editing tasks. Homework: the third fourth of your independent novel will be due on Thursday, 10/16.
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.