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    A Few Big Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

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    Nov 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It gives you a great literature background and prepares you for college.

    Course highlights:

    I loved reading the books! They were classic and interesting.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention in class! It will help you a lot.

    • Fall 2016
    • Gina Davis
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Group Projects Participation Counts
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    Oct 26, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I took this class as an AP/Concurrent Credit class in high school. Overall, I had very mixed feelings with this course, and it has to do mainly with the way AP courses are structured, and the skills they tend to promote. Why I didn't like it: Long story short, I felt that the entire goal of this class was to prepare students for the AP test at the end of the course. This often meant sacrificing time learning more useful or practical knowledge in favor of taking practice tests or learning test taking strategies. I believe that basing a students grade or success entirely on test results promotes memorization and regurgitation of information, with actual learning, comprehension, and understanding taking a back seat. In my opinion, the values AP courses such as this one promote are counter-productive to producing creative, out of the box thinkers - people that are much needed in today's society. Additionally, being a good test taker has little application in the working world, and I feel that the majority of AP classes fail to provide students with skills they can actually use and apply in their lives outside of school. If this class was offered as concurrent credit only, without the emphasis on the AP exam at the end of the year, I feel that it would have been much more beneficial and useful for all who were enrolled in it. In all honesty thought, this has more to do with the values of the American educational system, and less to do with the class itself - this was just the course that embodied my frustration. Why I liked the class: As a senior in high school, most colleges in my state offer fairly substantial scholarships for students that have taken AP or Concurrent Credit courses. For example, the college I intend to go to knocks $1,000 off of yearly tuition if incoming freshman have already demonstrated they are capable of college-level work. This class met that criteria for me. In my opinion, that alone would be a convincing enough argument to take at least one AP/CP course sometime in ones high school career. Additionally, when it comes to AP classes, this one was relatively easy. For the money it saved me, the work I had to do in this class was easily worth it, even if the AP exam preparation annoyed me at times. Would I recommend this class? If you are a high school student and can take it Concurrent Credit only, then yes, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The cost for the credits is only a fraction of what it is going to cost in college, and seeing as the vast majority of college degrees require completion of an English 101 course, may as well knock it out early and for a fraction of the cost. If AP is the only option, I'd still recommend taking it, even though receiving credit for the class hinges entirely on the students performance on the AP exam. As for college students, chances are they are going to be required to take it anyway.

    Course highlights:

    Learned how to write a killer rhetorical analysis essay is 40 minutes or less. This class also solidified my understanding of the MLA format, as well as the different types of writing that one may need in college and beyond. Also spent considerable time on rhetorical strategies, including explaining rhetorical appeals and improving understanding of diction and syntax.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the work. It's not hard, essay's shouldn't take any longer than an hour or two to complete, and they are by far the most time consuming assignment this class will give out. If it's any consolation, at least in the high school version of the class, essays aren't given out that often. I've got a procrastination problem, and if I could pull an A in this class, anyone can. Take an hour out of your day to get the English done and you will be fine.

    • Fall 2015
    • Pixler
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Final Paper
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    Oct 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    You learn how to analyze texts and go deeper into the meaning of the themes in the book, recognize symbols, and why the author would use them in their text.

    Course highlights:

    Class discussions about the meaning of symbols, themes and imagery.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay on top of your work and participate in class discussions and look more into the things you learn and exercise the skills you gain in the class.

    • Winter 2016
    • Mrs.Cady
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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