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    • Profile picture
    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I personally had doubts about taking this particular class due to the fact that i had initially thought that it above my usual level of academics. Don't get me wrong I am an A/B honor roll student however the thought of taking my first AP class scared me a lot more than I led myself to believe. had doubts about taking this class due to the fact that I had initially thought that it was above my level of academics. I am glad that I took I because I learned so much from the class.

    Course highlights:

    I had no clue what English Language and Composition was about except the fact that the main focus was essay writing. The highlight of this class was that I was able to improve my essay writing skills by not just stating my opinions and calling it a day but also backing them up with worthy evidence to prove my point. My teacher thought of this game called the AP game which was a Game of Thrones inspired game. There were different houses in the class that had to battle each other through a jeopardy style quiz to win the Iron Throne. I must admit we learned things easier, faster and had more fun studying due to the determination to win the Iron Throne. We were quizzed on topics ranging from proverbial phrases to actual AP English Test materials. Everyone in the class seemed to genuinely enjoy it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The advice I would give to student considering this course is to take the chance to experience a class that is eye opening. The problem most students face is proper essay writing. I believe this is just the class to that. If you are a college bound student, i advice you start with this class as a stepping stone to future college classes

    • Fall 2015
    • Ms. Burke
    • Participation Counts Competitive Classmates Great Discussions
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    Jul 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course because it heavily explores large societal concepts and themes throughout all of human history. Every piece of text we read and analyze is discussed, and the classroom discussions are fantastic and highly engaging. All ideas and comments are accepted, but be warned, expect that they will be met with strong rebuttal by the teacher and your peers. Concepts such as Plato's cave, literature, and modern art are discussed and explored. All discussion is in a sense, philosophical, as we discussed and aimed for the truth of a certain topic.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite moments from this course all revolved around philosophical class discussions. One of the most memorable units was on modern art, and whether it was art at all. During the discussion, I defended the integrity of modern art, yes, even the one which was all nonsensical paint splatters. I defended it and I defended the deconstruction of objective artistic aesthetics. My opinion has recently changed on the subjective, which led to me learning one of the greatest lessons of my life: artistic and social deconstruction is inherently nihilistic. My original position did a 180 flip, and have since studied objective theory and other forms of philosophical theory. I wouldn't have ever dove into reading those theories, had it not been for our class discussions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My greatest advice is to study philosophy and decide what your personal worldview is. Learn reason and logic and improve your cultural knowledge by reading important works of literature and philosophy. Many of the discussions will revolve around conflicting ideas, such as: Liberty vs. Tyranny, Objectivism vs. Nihilism, Independent Justice vs. Social Justice. Read both progressive and conservative viewpoints in politics, and become able to defend your ideas mercilessly. I came out of that class a conservative, but you may be the opposite, depending on your worldview. Learn, learn, learn! Never stop learning! The better your arguments and knowledge, the better you will convince your peers, which is the foundation of debate. This also applies to essay writing, since essays are essentially conversations written on paper. Finally, make sure to do your work and not mess around. Good luck!

    • Summer 2016
    • Ms. Burke
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Feb 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this teacher because she is such a smart and intelligent human being! Ms. Burke runs this vigorous course with the intent to make her students into much advanced writers and get them to take on the world with such strong arguments!

    Course highlights:

    I have learned how to argue better, write better, and had my vocabulary extended! I also learned more punctuation and acquired advanced grammar.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to make sure that you stay on top of your education and make sure that you always come to class prepared! Because if you are not prepared you will be in for a very tough time throughout this course. But make sure you do your very best in this rigorous course

    • Winter 2016
    • Ms. Burke
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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