I collected the syllabus signature slip at the start of class. Then we talked about the independent novels students will read this year — one this semester and another next semester. Students had a little bit of time in class to research titles from the list, and they will have to purchase their novels by the middle of September. (Any student who may have trouble affording these books should come and talk to me outside of class so we can make arrangements.) Then we returned to the annotation bookmarks to practice more annotation in the first chapter in Of Mice and Men. We also talked about how to ask good questions, which students will integrate into their annotations of the last chapter in Mice. Homework: annotate the last chapter in Mice, and finish the first if you didn’t get it done in class.
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.