After collecting copies of Nickel and Dimed to check students’ annotations, we started talking about argument and the AP Lang open question. We used a story in the Times-Call to discuss counterarguments. Students completed a handout on the “Yes, but...” pattern to begin thinking about counterarguments and rebuttal. We discussed students’ answers, and then talked for a few minutes about Ehrenreich’s Florida chapter. Homework: read and annotate the Maine chapter by Friday.
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.