Students spent the first part of class peer reviewing each others’ Lincoln essays, looking for issues around claim/data/commentary as well as the rhetorical situation, and giving both positive feedback and constructive criticism. Afterwards, we annotated the Marquart prompt together to prepare for writing that essay over the weekend. The end of class was spent suggesting current events topics for future Socratic seminars. Homework: For Tuesday, write a simple essay to answer the Marquart prompt with a short introduction, one body paragraph about each appeal, and multiple examples properly cited in each body paragraph; try to improve on how you wrote the Lincoln essay.
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.