After reminding students that they must have both independent novels with them in class on Thursday, I handed out hard copies of a piece published this week on ESPN’s website about pro football player Adrian Peterson. Students read and annotated this with questions and connections, and then they had some time in class to look for additional articles about problems facing football, particularly NCAA and NFL teams. We will hold a Socratic seminar on Thursday using my text as well as hard copies of the texts students bring to class. Next, we started talking about other parts of Rhetoric, particularly tone. We discussed the tone, and then the shift in tone, in the poem “Lost Generation” by Jonathan Reed. We then looked at tone, and shifts in tone, in a clip from the the film All the King’s Men. Homework: make sure you have both of your independent novels in class with you on Thursday.
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.