Are you ready to use a few events in American history to sharpen up your writing skills while reading some great works of American literature? While English 1 and 2 focused on literary analysis, in English 3 we will spend extra time honing our writing skills. We won’t leave grammar and literature study behind, but students will have weekly writing assignments centered on U.S. history topics from Explorers to Modern Times. They will review some basics early in the year before developing advanced writing skills such as thesis statements, MLA format, persuasive essays, research papers, and more. Every week, students will be instructed in how to write clearly, concisely and colorfully, emulating the rhetorical devices they find in the literature they are reading. By the end of the school year, students will have an impressive writing portfolio with many variations of the basic essay model, including responses to literature, literary analysis, timed essays, a super-research-essay (9–13 paragraphs), a contrast essay, narrative essays and a personal essay (ready for college applications.) Students in this class will benefit whether they are novice writers or advanced writers. Mrs. Anderson has taught this class many times before and seen improvement across the board (from novice to advanced writers) when students put in the time and effort each week.
From a parent: I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to both you and Mrs. Craig in teaching English. I did well in English in school, and even had a paper published in college (sample essay book). But for whatever reason, my ability to teach it just wasn’t there. By having you teach it, I am now able to coach and cheer, a role I am enjoying just as much. Thank you so much!
Thank you so so so so much for having us do this library visit! It has given me some wonderful tools to use in the future when I go to college!
I appreciate that so much! Thank you for helping me to achieve such success in English and writing. I have never had an English teacher who took me this far in my journey as a writer, and I cannot thank you enough for how much you have helped me grow. Sadly, I believe this is the first and last class I will have with you. I will still be taking online classes, but they will be in different subjects. However, what you have taught me will always be at the forefront of my mind whatever future English-related assignments come up. Again, thank you for an amazing year; it means so much to me!
Thank you more than words can say for encouraging Rachel (and me) to keep going with writing and for providing such great tools and resources to help along the way (I am hooked on Google Docs and even started working with Sheets, too). 🙂 It was awesome to see Rachel gain skills and confidence in her writing. Thank you!! Those two little words don’t seem nearly enough, but please know they are filled with a heart full of gratitude.
My English professor got me an internship with University Relations, so I’m staying in Oklahoma over the summer. I’m loving my job: I get to write content for the OKWU website (promoting majors with new content and career research, writing features articles), update their graphic design, and edit the president’s grammar. It’s totally right up my alley, and I’m using the inverted pyramid almost every day. (Who woulda thunk?) Just wanted to once again express my gratitude for your help in igniting this fire for language and writing and editing. 🙂
On a side note, as he has been doing the grammar exercises you’ve assigned in the SRN, I’ve noticed less punctuation errors in his papers. Very thankful for that and for your class in general. Luke enjoys it, and I’m seeing a lot of growth in his writing.
They have both benefited from your teaching more than you’ll ever know. I have seen an incredible amount of growth in both of them! – Mom of two teens in different BIP English classes
Listening to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” during Advent has been such a blessing. I had never read it! On my! What a beautiful book! Austin has enjoyed it too.
Thank you so much for class this semester Mrs. Anderson. I have learned so much about academic writing. I am so grateful for you.