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Lots of Writing
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The class was very informative, although it could be dry at times.
This class, along with the following semester, definitely prepared me for the AP test (I got a 5.) There was an enormous focus on essay writing, along with a smaller concentration on the history of literature vs the literature itself. The course is designed around American lit only, which made some of the earlier stuff dryer in content, but overall the coursework was interesting enough. Dr Steltenkamp heavily promoted intra-class discussion without forcing rigid seminars, which was one of my favorite aspects of the class.
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Advice for students:
Study for the final. I repeat, study for the final. If you're considering whether or not to take this course, consider this: Can* you handle writing (at the pinnacle of the semester) an in-class essay a week? If not, then maybe think twice about committing to this course. *Note that I said "can you," and not "do you want to." This is because I truly believe that if you are capable, this class is very enriching. I, like the majority of the other students, did have times when I complained about the writing, but in the end, it was definitely worth it.