At the start of class, I reviewed the GarageBand recording tutorial that we will use next week to record the completed This I Believe essays. Students then completed two rounds of peer editing and moved their TIB drafts into the final draft document published on Google classroom. Students also worked on making sure their essays fit the 300–500 word limit. Homework: nothing due Friday, but your TIB essay should be shaping up; don’t forget about those Independent Novel Essays due at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.
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.