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    • Profile picture
    Jul 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is difficult depending on your background in writing and persuasion skills, but I think that if you ask a lot of questions during class, and try to redo your essay then you'll be able to succeed. Read successful essays so you can use their technique in your own writing, that's what really helped me learn.

    Course highlights:

    I have learned how to persuade others, by learning different literary techniques such as imagery, straw man, generalization and so on. This will help any future lawyers, politicians, writers, or anyone in the persuading type of field. The discussions that we had in class was very mind opening, and very stimulating. We would talk about the news and debate our different opinions during class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Please go after class if you are struggling at writing. Mr. Steicher really cares about students growing and learning as an individual, so he won't mind tutoring you in the morning or in the afternoon. If you don't want to seek help from him then please go to the writing center at Lincoln Park Highschool whenever you need help.

    • Summer 2016
    • Mr. Streicher
    • Lots of Writing Great Discussions Final Paper
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    Jul 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    In this course we learned about how to effectively analyze literature as well as understand literary devices.

    Course highlights:

    For the summer assignment we read Heart of Darkness and we wrote several essays on it. We also Read a Streetcar named Desire, Othello, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. For these books we read a portion of the book inside the classroom but we were also required to read and annotate the story. Annotating helped us better comprehend the storyline and the characters. We also annotated key passages in class where the teacher wanted us to deeply analyze the characters and make inferences on what the author wanted t convey. We had Socratic​ seminars and the teacher expects you to participate in them and the class in general. Sitting quietly while being attentive is not enough you must show that you understand the story by making intelligent comments when called on.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure that you read the texts. Sparknotes is good for refreshing your memory of what has previously transpired in the text but creating in-depth​ analysis on a story that you have not read much of is virtually impossible and it would probably not bode well for your grade.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dragonetti
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jun 27, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Literature in and of itself is actually a pretty fascinating subject. You've heard people complain about English, usually to the tune of "it's not that deep", but let me tell you— it is that deep. It is always that deep. It's a great challenge for your brain and your argument/writing skills.

    Course highlights:

    What I really liked was connecting two pieces of literature and comparing their messages. For my final essay, I wrote on A Streetcar Named Desire and Othello, my two favorite things we read for that class (although Streetcar does beat Othello by a little bit— Othello is frustrating and a lot like a soap opera with more murder). One group earlier actually managed to connect Streetcar & Othello to Song of Solomon, our summer reading assignment, and their argument was somehow convincing.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    TAKE AP LANG FIRST. Especially if you're a junior— you probably haven't taken any AP courses before, and AP lang is structured to be more of an introductory AP course (not that it's at all easy). Also, don't skim.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ms. Davidson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Presentations Final Paper


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