Students began class by turning in their revised Marquart essays and seminar reflections from last Thursday. Then I shared an article in The Denver Post about a couple of Jefferson County high schools that had classes cancelled last Friday due to higher than normal teacher absences. We had a brief current-events discussion about this topic, and then we discussed Tone further, including the introduction and definition of a number of new tone words (adjectives). Then we watched a video from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and examined tone/shifts in tone there. Homework: bring your first independent novel to clas on Wednesday; you will get reading time in class to start your novel.
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.