At the start of class, students turned in their year-round school essays. Then we went over the syllabus for the year, and I gave a very high-level overview of the AP Lang exam, including the three different types of essays you will be practicing this year. Next, we talked more about annotations, and I gave out a bookmark to help you in annotating texts as we read this year. Students read and annotated an article in The New York Times about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and practiced annotating. We spent the last few minutes of class discussing this article. Homework: show the syllabus to your parents and get the signature slip signed; also, bring Of Mice and Men to class on Tuesday.
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.