Students received about 10 minutes at the start of class to finish reading “What’s Eating America” by Michael Pollan in 50 Essays and to complete the handout they began last class. Next, we briefly set aside Pollan to review the 2014–15 AP Student Bulletin. I highlighted some of the most important information, and students checked out the AP Credit Policy Search page on the College Board’s website for AP students. Students also registered with the College Board (or checked their existing registration) so they will be able to receive their AP scores next summer. Next, I talked some more about next week’s final and how to prepare for it (including how to use this website to do so!). Finally, we returned to Pollan and discussed his argument using the handout.
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.