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    • Profile picture
    Oct 02, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking this course through the IB program because of Dr. Minor's passion for the books that we are assigned. So far, we have read "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. Dr. Minor has a true passion for this work of art, which helped a lot of his students to fully comprehend and appreciate Conrad's work. Class work has consisted of class discussion and reading the book together, although we are expected to read the next books for the course individually and on our own time. Homework usually consists of a 2-3 page journal entry on a specific prompt about "Heart of Darkness." These prompts almost always have the students analyze the novel in more ways than one, which allows us to view multiple perspectives and discover hidden meanings on our own. Journal entries are shared in class the next day, which is a good opportunity to comprehend and appreciate others' perspectives on the text.

    Course highlights:

    I believe that the highlights of this course so far have been Dr. Minor's passion for the literature we study in his class and the journal discussions the days we had journal entries for homework the night before. I have learned a lot about multiple perspectives that could be had when we are analyzing the text. I also learned that it is hard to be wrong about your own analytical perspective when you are able to justify your reasoning with examples in the text.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise any future students of Dr. Minor to have an open mind when taking his course. "Heart of Darkness" in all honesty sounded boring, and it was difficult at times to read the text by ourselves for homework. Dr. Minor has such a passion for his curriculum that he will be able to convince that you, too, will absolutely fall in love with Joseph Conrad's work. I would also say to read the assigned chapters or books on time as his journal entries and chapter quizzes are only easy if you have read them.

    • Fall 2017
    • Dr. Minor
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Sep 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is a great way to learn more about yourself as a person.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to analyze and write literary essays. Everyday we had great class discussions that often related back to relevant issues going on in the world.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do your work in a timely and effective manner; the work will pile up if you don't stay on top of it. Mrs. Swihart is a wonderful teacher so definetly take her class if you have the opportunity.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mrs. Swihart
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts
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    Apr 11, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Ms. Swihart is the best teacher you will ever have. She has a way of expanding your mind through the books you read in class and the essays that you write. The poetry section of the class is eye-opening. You will be able to analyze poetry with ease, and you will learn many profound human truths through these poems.

    Course highlights:

    I grew into the writer that I am today. This course developed my writing skills like no other class had before. It prepared my to write the Extended Essay, and to write all of my college application essays. This course pushed me to become a better reader and an even better writer. It makes you analyze readings, poems, excerpts, etc, and you often find yourself analyzing other pieces of work like tv shows and movies after taking this course

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read. The. Books. Your life will be a million times easier if you just read the books. Put effort into your work and be proud of what you turn in every time. Complete the work on time and stay on top of it and you will be good to go.

    • Fall 2015
    • Swihart
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions

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