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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
First of all, my teacher was amazing, so that definitely made the course more enjoyable. The summer assignment was a little tough( they have changed it since ), so while the start of the course was somewhat rocky for me and many of my peers, I quickly realized that I would love the class. There was definitely a lot of writing - the weeks or so before APs were especially essay heavy - otherwise, we had a few essays per topic, but because almost all of them were in class there wasn't much time spent working on essays at home.
There were a lot of fun group projects, especially when we got to Julius Caesar. Each group had to make/bring their own props and act out a scene. Thankfully, we didn't have to memorize our lines though. My group had a lot of fun with ours, because it was an argument scene between Brutus and Cassius, so we got to yell at each other on stage. Other highlights were really interesting conversations we had as a class. I learned a lot about writing and rhetorical strategies - for example, the effects that certain ones are intended to have on the reader. In class we read multiple speeches from different historical periods, and it was definitely interesting to see how writing styles have evolved.
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Advice for students:
When you're given a speech or piece of text to analyze, write on it! Mark rhetorical devices that you see a lot, or passages that you connected to. Pre-writing in general is very important, because it helps keep you focused during the very short time you have to write your essay, and you'll be able to start thinking about how to connect your ideas. Also, take the time to write your thesis statement before you get to the end of the introduction. Make sure it's strong enough to hold your essay together. I like to make it opinionated and use strong language - it needs to be something I can defend later on.