12 College Prep
SAT Question of the Day
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SAT Essay Practice
The main purpose of Senior English is to prepare you to think and communicate effectively for life beyond high school. For many of you, this will mean post-secondary education in a four-year school or a community college. For others, this will mean vocational school, the military, or the work force. For all of you, this will mean the need to express your ideas clearly and to work well with others.
With this in mind, consider the following questions. How do you solve conflicts with language? How do you analyze effectively? What role does reflection play in planning for the future? What kind of work will be expected of you in college? What is the process of applying to college? If you aren't planning to go to college, what are you planning to do? And what kind of communication skills will you need to be successful? We'll explore all of them this year.
In fact, all the assignments we do in class, the books we study, and the discussions we have will aim to explore these questions and get you ready for life beyond high school. Fittingly, then, one of the first pieces of writing we'll look at is "The Allegory of the Cave," which challenges us to look beyond our current situation to see what else might be there for us. (Many of you have already started to face this notion while looking at college application essays, which we will consider together in class.)
We will also look at the idea of "life beyond" by exploring the larger-than-life adventures of Beowulf, the tragic story of Oedipus, and the disturbing journey that Dante takes in The Inferno. We will end the first semester with a look at someone's Lesson Before Dying. All of these works give us plenty to think about as we get ready for what everyone has been talking to you about for the last twelve years: life after high school.
Second semester will continue our work as we study The Canterbury Tales, Hamlet or Macbeth, contemporary poetry, and film history. Stay tuned for more details.
Senior year is fun, hectic, challenging, and full of promise. To make this year as successful as possible, please meet deadlines for assignments, and please communicate with me in advance regarding excused absences.
If you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or to come in before school or after school.