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ENGLISH 101 AP English Language and Composition

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    Beth Childs, Seth Rutledge, April Thurman, Mrs. Hricko
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    • Profile picture
    Mar 20, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a great course to learn about yourself as a writer and to learn about how to communicate and interpret speeches well. We were prepared well for the AP exam and received plenty of beneficial criticism to help improve our writing and analyzation. Even in a course that may be difficult to enjoy, the course was worthwhile and had substance to keep up the motivation.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about the intention of writing and speeches, as well as how to effectively analyze language and art. Reading books like 1984 and The Things They Carried were great reads and the discussions were always worth it. Pay attention and enjoy the class. This class will help you to grow in your reading and your writing tremendously if you give the class the attention it needs.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    You will need time to read and write outside of class. It is not too much to handle by any means, but it will require work. Having a passion for the class will definitely help. The material covered in class is interesting as long as you take it to the level that is expected of you. Bare minimum work won't cut it and will make the class boring.

    • Fall 2015
    • Seth Rutledge
    • Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Feb 23, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mrs. Hricko is one of the best teachers I have ever had. She stresses learning over grades, and she truly cares about her kids. I have been pushed like I've never been before, and she challenges all of her students to reach beyond what they are able to. Everytime I leave her class, I feel almost enlightened. The students in the class will be wonderful because we all care about learning. Mrs. Hricko doesn't put up with people who mess around, but that doesn't mean we don't have fun. We do, and we have it in an educated way. Mrs. Hricko class has helped me mature as a person. We don't deal with hypotheticals; all the books we read are emotionally, politically, and socially aware. This year, we have/will read The Great Gatsby, The Things They Carried, 1984, and A Streetcar Named Desire. All these deal with heavy content, and Mrs. Hricko doesn't shy away from it. She encourages real conversations, and I am entirely grateful for my two years with her.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of Mrs. Hricko's AP Language class has been writing. The first AP test style essay I wrote for the class, I received a five for it. While that isn't terrible, it is not good. Mrs. Hricko made us practice and practice, and in all honesty, I felt down on myself. I'm not used to struggling for an A or even a high B. The last essays I wrote were for a mock exam. I got two nines and a seven on the three exams, and I had never felt more proud of myself. Mrs. Hricko teaches her students how to write and to feel confident in themselves and their words. I now am positive that I can make my argument clear and can write a college-level essay.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Please be courteous and keep your mind open. People are going to have different opinions than you, in the class and in life, and this is just preparing you for the real world. You'd be surprised how much more you learn the more welcome to differing ideas you are. Another piece of advice, always be prepared. Always have your materials and keep them organized. Mrs. Hricko helps a lot. Really she does more than she needs to, with a plethora of color-coded handouts and calendars. Read what she assigns! It may look boring, and you may think you don't need to. You do, and the literature is phenomenal.

    • Spring 2017
    • Mrs. Hricko
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Rutledge is an amazing teacher who is able to explain difficult topics in different ways to better understand them.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to effectively write analytical papers and understand how to analyze and interpret seemingly difficult pieces and understand their meanings whether it be art or literature.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to his writing conferences to better understand your writing style and work on what you need to improve upon.

    • Fall 2015
    • Seth Rutledge
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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