I gave students 20 minutes of independent novel reading time at the start of class. While they were reading, I stamped their Lincoln essays that were due today. We then discussed how the AP test is scored, playing with some online score calculators and going into more depth with the scoring of the essays. We reviewed the Lincoln scoring guide, and students self-evaluated their essays. When students finished these evaluations and turned them in with their essays, they got a copy of the article for our next Socratic seminar. Homework: read and annotate the article I gave you; then find 1–2 additional articles online, and print, read, and annotate those; if you don’t have this done for class on Thursday, you won’t be able to participate in the seminar.
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.