Assignments in college prep English are opportunities for students to acquire, develop, and refine critical reading, thinking, and writing skills necessary for college-level courses. For many college prep English students, the way to obtain successful marks has remained a mystery for far too long and I think it's my job to demystify the process.
Assignments are intended to be challenging; however, for students to be successful in completing assignments the expectations for success need to be clearly communicated. In addition, what is required to achieve a passing grade must too be clearly communicated.
Thus, I provide clear rubrics to students at the beginning of every class and I take seriously all feedback students give me on how to refine my communication regarding class assignments.
Assignments are due by 4:00 p.m. on the
Students are expected to spend at least six
(6) hours per week outside of class time to read the relevant chapters and
complete the assigned 5-paragraph essays and Research Assignment.
To help students prepare to get the most
out of lectures, a detailed class schedule is below with chapter and page
number information for students to read before class.
As a way of scaffolding students into
academic writing, the first two assignments are intended to be completed in
groups; however, a student may choose to work independently.
To prepare students for writing research essays at the
100 level, the final assignment requires students to spend substantial time
using the YC Library to produce a Research Binder demonstrating information
literacy and critical thinking skills.