I started class by reviewing the Colorado Legacy Schools Grant that Skyline is a part of again this year. Please see the document I prepared for more information, including dates of the various study and exams sessions. Next, we reviewed levels of questions again, and looked at an example of a question from Mice that could be small and large. Students then prepared their own small/medium/large questions from the text and we participated in our first Socratic seminar of the year. Afterwards, we debriefed and students began their seminar reflections. Homework: complete your seminar reflection for Tuesday (If you had your essay to write over again, what would you do differently? Say differently? How has your perspective on the novel changed since you first started reading it this summer?)
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.