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    bass, purcell, Robey, Grantham, Ragno, Dacus
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    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

    Many Small Assignments

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    Feb 11, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a required class. The professor is difficult, but as long as you pay attention, you'll do fine.

    Course highlights:

    The most important thing we did in this class was read 'The Odyssey' and examine how it relates to the movie 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou.'

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    When reading books or stories that you'll be tested over, pay attention to details. No matter how menial it seems, remember it. Seriously, we once had a test question over the color of a cup.

    • Winter 2017
    • Dacus
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments
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    Jan 15, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I have never taken part in a course that is so mentally engaging. The curriculum delves deep into every aspect of writing, encouraging us to dissect each piece we read and strip it to its bare bones. It is orders of magnitude more engrossing than any of my previous superficial English courses. However, this comes at a cost: it is also by far the most work-intensive course I have ever taken. If you are willing to sacrifice multiple hours a week--many of which are ultimately deducted from sleep--for the intense workload, this is an extremely rewarding course that truly engages its students and opens their mind to all of the nuances of writing and composition.

    Course highlights:

    This course gives its students a firmer grasp on English writing and composition than I would have thought possible. By developing analytical skills that we can apply to texts, the course ensures that reading will never be the same; since I began the course, I have been subconsciously picking apart every piece of text that I read. The process has become ingrained into my mind. By reading only a few sentences combined with historical context, AP Lang students can look into the author's mind to find out more than what is merely in the text. Orwell's elephant is suddenly a metaphor for resistance to British imperialism. Hemingway's chopped sentence structure is now an expression of his fluttering stream of consciousness. Even the most objective articles are flooded with previously unseen bias cleverly hidden under subdued diction. Through AP Lang, my mind was opened to view every word in a text as a potential window into the author's mind.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do your reading! Read the pieces you are assigned, then read them again. Become best friends with your red pen. Your annotations will save your life. There is no substitute for your own critical view of the text; do not shirk in-depth analysis in favor of a cursory glance at SparkNotes. AP Lang is extremely demanding, and in my experience my teacher has never settled for a subpar analysis. The amount of effort you put into analyzing your texts will show clearly in your writing, so be sure to study each piece you are given as if it is the last thing you will ever read.

    • Winter 2017
    • Ragno
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 14, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course focused more on the reasoning why authors write the things that they do. It teaches you how to identify certain aspects in writing such as diction, analogies, etc that will give more depth to characters and the situations the authors are trying to convey.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a new appreciation for writing. Authors will often try to sneak things "between the lines" and it's always so interesting and so profound to figure out what they are.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    As the name suggests, there is a lot of reading and a lot of writing, so be prepared to spend lots of time trying to hack out essays and in very limited amounts of time.

    • Fall 2016
    • Grantham
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research


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