I introduced Argument and the “Yes, but...” paradigm in class today. Students listened to an NPR story about prison overcrowding and also began a handout identifying claims and counterclaims around that topic in preparation for a Socratic seminar on Monday. They then began the same for the Florida chapter of the Ehrenreich text. Homework: print 2–3 sources and finish the handout for seminar next class; also, read and annotate the Maine chapter of Ehrenreich.
AP English Language & Composition
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.