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ENG 27 AP Literature and Composition

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    Amanatullah, Burnside, Ms. Schweizer
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    Sep 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because I found it to be full of extremely informative and enriching material. The methods of analyzing, such as forming our own AP questions, and the material we read were all great in the way of expanding our knowledge on literature and how to read it the way an author intended, as well as how to draw our own conclusions from the pieces and learn from them in our own unique way. I learned a lot about an author's writing methods and intentions, and therefore have a much broader sense of how to read literature. And although I have an affinity for English, I still believe that, if completed with enthusiasm and attention, this course is extremely helpful and beneficial to all other aspects of learning and reading English literature.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course are plentiful, in my book. Right off the bat, the book we read and answered questions on for our summer homework, "How To Read Literature Like a Professor," was probably one of my favorite reads of my high school career, and it was a textbook! I found the author's style and the points he made to be extremely interesting and enlightening. It set the tone for the whole year ahead of me, and I would recommend it to everyone, not just to students in AP Lit. Another highlight of the year was our look into Greek mythology. We read about tons of different Greek myths and presented them to eachother in class, and it significantly expanded our knowledge and our ability to catch comparisons in modern literature. I found the peer-teaching method to be very rewarding, as each of us had the chance to form our own sort of lesson plan, and really research in-depth four or five different myths. A third highlight of mine was our end-of-the-year novel and the final for that novel. We had to formulate eight AP level questions using the novel, Beloved, two poems, and two historical articles, making connections between the pieces and highlighting themes and motifs, etc. I became really invested in the project and took great care and interest in my questions and answers, and ended up with a final product that I was extremely proud of and excited to turn in, which then was rewarded with the highest grade in the class. My final highlight would be our senior research project, which entailed choosing our own topic that we were passionate about, then reading three novels and one factual source on that topic, and finally to create some kind of visual and written project that would sum up what we had learned and discovered through our research. I chose the topic of love, and read three absolutely phenomenal novels on the topic, and eventually decided to write a sort of "love poem for love" that combined all the ideas and emotions about love that each source provided. I was really nervous presenting the poem to the class, but my teacher and my peers loved it, and I ended feeling prouder of myself than I had ever expected.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You should definitly read the material given to you. First of all, there aren't going to be many Enlgish classes in your life where you get to read actual interesting novelsvthat you can relate to, so enjoy it while you can! It will also be VERY beneficial when you're actually in the class. It's hard to have good discussions and sound like you know what you're talking about when you really don't, especially to an AP Lit teacher who knows the book inside-and-out. So, just do your reading. Another pro tip I can give you would be to take good notes on lectures and while you read, as well as mark passages in the book as you read, because those open-book and at-home essays will be significantly easier if you have already plotted out interesting points that have caught your idea. Don't wait for the day of the exam to spend all the writing time flipping through your book looking for evidence to use. And thirdly, if you hate English, don't take this course. While I still believe that it's possible for anyone to do well if they apply themselves and find some kind of interest in the material, if you already hate everything about the work, you won't be able to find that motivation. So, judge yourself and see if you are completely dreading this course, and then don't take it.

    • Spring 2017
    • Amanatullah
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Mar 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It taught me a new way to think, which I have used ever since.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights from this course were learning to see an author's argument without their direct statement of it. I learned how to read subtle cues of someone's true meaning through their writing and techniques used.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Prepare to think in a way you are not used to. It is a class designed for reading arguments and non-fiction, so it is vital you be prepared to dissect evidence and think "why" more than "what".

    • Winter 2017
    • Ms. Schweizer
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Mar 17, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    She is a great teacher with a great perspective on ideas and literature. She provides interesting insight and theories into many literary works, also allowing the student to progress and learn the curriculum productively.

    Course highlights:

    Her stories are very interesting and exciting. She teaches very thoroughly and encourages the asking of questions. She makes learning fun and interesting to the point it doesn't feel like learning.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always stay on top of homework and upcoming essays/quizzes. Never procrastinate or put work off because it will always result in repercussions.

    • Spring 2017
    • Burnside
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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