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ENGLISH 1355 AP Language and Composition

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    Lots of Writing

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    Aug 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    She is an amazing teacher who is very helpful to all of her students when they need it and really wants her students to succeed.

    Course highlights:

    I have learned so much about writing and rhetoric, especially nonfiction.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do well on the Harkness discussions. They are every week and 100 points.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Sperry
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Aug 14, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    My teacher was great. I really enjoyed learning from her and the course was really challenging in terms of making sure your writing was thorough and coherent when you has such a short amount of time.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to think on the spot and write quickly while still making a good argument.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Work hard and pay attention in class your teachers want you to do well if you are putting in the time and energy!

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Sperry
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 17, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I think I would recommend this class to anyone that is interested in polishing their writing. I think I accidentally signed up for this class, thinking that it would be easy. However, this class really emphasizes the skill of quick planning and writing in a short period of time (this is due to the AP exams, but it's still very useful!). That was something I struggled with because I'm a slow writer, and I crack under pressure. However, I still think this class is useful for anyone, no matter what writing-level, due to the skills learned in the class. You begin to realize one sentence can be misleading or contracting, which is not something that you want in a paper. You learn that writing is so much more precise than it may seem on the surface, since teachers are usually lenient about these sorts of mistakes. I would recommend this class to those who are great writers and would like to polish their skills. However, getting an A might isn't easy for those who are mediocre at writing.

    Course highlights:

    The class focused on three social issues: race, gender, and socio-economic status. We would have a discussion over readings about these issues, which may be a rewarding experience, considering that the majority of the school is white (about 80%, I would say) and/or middle class to upper-middle class families. It's a great learning experience for these high school students who live in a more homogenous environment. Because you are graded for your contribution to the discussions, it forces you to talk about things that may be uncomfortable. I was not great at the discussions because I was always afraid to say what I thought/didn't know what to say, but the discussions were still my favorite part of the class. I also learned about how precise writing actually is.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    We have never taken a test in this class. There were some small grammar/writing quizzes. There were also a couple of small reading quizzes (consisted of 1-2 questions). However, a majority of the grade comes from writing (timed-writes/essays/practice writings/drafts/etc) and discussions.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. Sperry
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions


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