I checked the final Ehrenreich annotations as well as the Paine take-home essays at the start of class. After briefly discussing the end of the semester and updates to some of our current events topics from earlier in the semester, I introduced the Argument scoring guidelines and students peer-edited each others’ Paine essays. Students turned in their essays and ran through the simulation website Spent. We wrapped up class discussing Spent and the Nickel and Dimed Socratic seminar we will have on Wednesday. Homework: research and bring hard copies of two annotated articles about minimum wage or related issues along with 7–10 questions for seminar.
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.