Earning college credit as sophomores in high school sounds as unreal as finding a needle in a haystack. Despite the odds, the 56 sophomores in my Advanced Placement English Language & Composition classes this year are preparing themselves for a rigorous challenge: earning college credit by passing the AP Exam this upcoming May. As their teacher, my goal is to equip them with the proper tools and strategies that they need to improve their reading, writing and analytical skills in just nine months.
My students are humble, brilliant, and determined to increase their chances of attending college by enrolling in the most rigorous courses our campus offers.
As such, it is critical that I expose them to complex literature that will challenge, provoke, and inspire them as they progress in my classroom.
The majority of the students enrolled in my class desire to continue challenging themselves with higher-level coursework as they advance into their junior and senior years of high school. Despite attending a low-income school with limited resources, my students are creative and make the best out of any of the materials we can gather.
It is essential that students continue to read literature within their English classrooms to establish connections with the various characters and scenarios that they encounter in their text. For this reason, I have selected a best-selling novel that tells a story about the human condition, betrayal, and the balance between individuality and community.
By providing students with a riveting novel like The Lord of the Flies, I will be able to capture their attention and increase their love for reading as they tackle essential questions about the individual vs the masses.
The timeless story will increase engagement as students analyze the text for various themes, rhetorical strategies, and devices, as well as complete journal responses to track their thinking as they complete the book.
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