Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This is going to be a great year of learning and growth. I believe every student will learn and with hard work, will succeed.
In this introductory college-level course, students read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of nonfiction prose selections, deepening their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composing abilities. In this course, the readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students examine and work with essays, letters, speeches, images, and imaginative literature. Students will frequently discuss their writing in class through peer coaching and teacher mentoring. Students prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam in May, which can grant them college credit through a satisfactory performance.
Since this is a college level course, performance expectations are fittingly high. Students are expected to work diligently in and outside of class – expecting between two-three hours of homework per week. This will often be in the form of reading (novels or essays) or writing (first/final drafts). Students will not be asked to complete assignments at home that have not been discussed in class first. Please check the class work/homework calendar frequently for a detailed overview.