I gave students twenty minutes at the start of class to finish the Malcolm X Rhetorical Analysis handout and also read in their independent novels. Next, we read and annotated and discussed the Sanders prompt from the 2007 AP test for rhetorical situation, appeals, and tone. Then I went over Style while students added to notes that I prepared. In groups, students applied the new Style terminology to the Sanders prompt and then reported back out to the rest of the class. Homework: return to “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X; pick any two of the style devices from the handout and identify multiple examples of that device in the text, adding them to your existing annotations (if you can’t find multiple examples of a particular device, choose a different device!)
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.