High School English - Writing for College
Teacher: Ray Mathews
Mat Fees: $25
Class Fees: $235 or $225 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into three equal payments
The demands of a college writing course are often unlike anything a student will experience in their high school education. This course will focus on honing some of the key skills students will need in college, in writing courses and beyond: communicating effectively through writing; critically analyzing primary and secondary sources; and constructing strong, original arguments around research and analysis.
Each quarter will be modeled after real university courses of the 2010s, preparing students for the formats they can expect in higher education.
In the Fall Quarter, a Huck take on college English 101, students will develop their academic writing by responding to literary and critical sources which are complex but highly accessible.
Beginning with the songs of Bob Dylan recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, students will develop techniques of close reading and begin to consider larger questions about the nature of literature and why we study it.
By breaking down stories in a variety of media, students will explore the building blocks of narrative and the relationships between different kinds of stories.
In workshop sessions students will learn the craft of academic writing, including thesis development, organization, and MLA format.
In the Winter Quarter, students will apply these skills to literary classics, including poetry, short stories, drama, and the novel. The Spring Quarter will push the class’ skills to the next level: as we continue to hone research and analytical techniques through in-depth discussions of texts, each student will spend most of that quarter developing a high-level essay on a literary subject of their choice.
Homework for Fall Quarter will consist of:
Readings, most of which are very short; the longest is a short novel spread over two weeks
Short- to medium-length essays, beginning with rough or partial drafts
Brief response paragraphs
A small creative writing assignment