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The biggest piece of advice I would give students who want to take this class is this: ALWAYS take notes while reading your textbook! I am not kidding when I say this is the most important thing that you will do all year. Your notes will be useful when it is time for your midterm and your final exam because you get to use them during the test. Every now and then, I wanted to skip taking notes, but in the end, I was extremely grateful that I was diligent with my note-taking. Although this class was very difficult, I would recommend taking it because it will help you greatly prepare for college. Every week, you must write an essay, but you have plenty of time to work on them. Not only that, but you will have an excellent teacher who will help you navigate the course. Throughout the course, I had to read a lot of classic literature and analyze it. It may seem like a daunting task, at first, but I quickly grew accustomed to it. In fact, I looked forward to researching the background of a book and arguing my case. The only part of the course that I did not enjoy was the poetry unit. I had to analyze a lot of poems with partner, and a lot of them were rather boring. Even if you do not enjoy writing essays and analyzing literature, this will be the most helpful course you ever take in high school. The skills I have gained from this class - analyzing, writing, and thinking critically - have not only been helpful in my English classes, they have been helpful in every other course I have taken this year and last year.
The highlights of this course were days when we could work with partners. For one assignment, I worked with a partner to create a process analysis essay about how to make sure that your first date is perfect. It was the most entertaining essay I had ever written, and what made it better was that I got to work with a friend. My favourite partner assignment was when we worked together to create a story for the wolf in "The Three Little Pigs." We wrote the story from his perspective to explain why he attacked the pigs. The most important thing that I learned throughout this course was how to analyze the material that I am reading. Instead of going through the motions of reading a book, I now use Post-it notes to leave annotations that will be useful for my essay. They made it easier to remember thoughts that I had while reading so that I could reference them later.
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The most important thing to do throughout the semester is take notes, and study a little bit each night. Always take advantage of the time you are given in class to work on your essays. You will appreciate it when everyone else is struggling to meet the deadline to turn in their essay.