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This class was tough.
This was far and away the best class I ever took in high school. Mr. Zirretta was my favorite teacher, and I wish I could have him as a teacher again. I had so much fun, despite the heavy work load. I learned more in this class, about literature, about writing, about life, than in any other class. 10 out 10 would do again.
In this class, there are the notorious packets, the endless essays, the elite authors, and the insane chapter title battles. From the summer reading to the second semester term paper, this class does not stop (despite what Zirretta says). But, this class is genuinely fun. I never hated doing any of the work because Zirretta is worth working for. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but it is never dull. Sometimes it can be a lot to handle, but it is never busy work. I learned so much in this class, and I learned things I will never forget. One lesson in particular that has stuck with me is from King Lear. Even though we covered the book to prepare for the AP exam (I used this book on it), I learned more than any exam could ever ask. With the recent passing of my Grandfather, the lessons in King Lear over the treatment of the elderly have really stuck with me. Also, from Frankenstein to Jane Eyre, the lessons on not judging by appearance transcend the duration of an AP Exam. This class not only prepares you fro a test, it prepares you for life.
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Advice for students:
You have to do the packets well. The questions on the packets are literally the same questions on the test. If you prepare well, the class is super easy. Also, start studying for chapter title battles early. The longer you have to learn them, the better you will memorize the chapter titles. It is a good idea to write summaries of the chapter titles as you go. That way you have a giant study guide to look at both for the unit tests and the AP Exam.