College Prep English Course

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College Prep English 101 will teach students the writing skills necessary for college success, with a combined focus on advanced reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. An added bonus is that this course prepares students for the essay portion of the SAT, and is helpful for the ACT essay.

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Don Maker

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$40/class

10wk/session

UC San Diego

B.A. in Education

Enrollment is open for  

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Course Schedule 

FALL TERM

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Fall session begins 

16 AUG 2021

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WINTER TERM

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10 JAN 2022

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SPRING TERM

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21 MAR 2022

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SUMMER TERM

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Summer session begins 

7 JUN 2021

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DESCRIPTION

College Prep English 101 Course 101 (non-fiction) will teach students the writing skills necessary for college success, with a combined focus on advanced reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. An added bonus is that this course prepares students for the essay portion of the SAT, and is helpful for the ACT essay.
Among the many other writing-centered activities we’ll engage in, this class requires students to practice brainstorming, free-writing, varied sentence and paragraph construction, and complete essay writing as a multi-step process. Students will extend their ability to interpret and analyze a range of texts, write longer and more compelling Classes are held for one (1) hour two (2) days each week via Zoom. Modules will be scheduled when three (3) or more students sign up, but will be limited to eight (8) students so that each student can participate and receive personal attention and writing input from the instructor. In addition to class discussions, writing will be returned to the student with corrections and suggestions for improvement.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

• develop an ability to write about various topics from historical, philosophical, rhetorical and/or cross-
cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives;
• evaluate the relevance, validity and authority of information from any source;
• powerfully begin and conclude a paper, including creating a strong, clear thesis statement;
• develop and include enough details and examples to support the thesis and reinforce the focus;
• demonstrate various patterns of organization, and use the organization pattern that best suits the
identified purpose and audience;
• write in a syntax (writing mechanics) and vocabulary appropriate to your subject and audience;
• combine Audience, Message, and Tone in a coherent, effective package;
• develop self-assessment and editing skills.

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

9-12th grader

REQUIREMENTS

Be able to write a paragraph in English.

PREREQUISITES

Student need strong reading comprehension and the ability to communicate clearly through your writing.

COURSE INCLUDES

- 20 hours live instruction meeting

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR

Donald Maker holds a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from UC San Diego and a Master of Education from Chapman University. He taught AP literature and SAT prep classes and, as a professional writer for several decades of both non-fiction and fiction, he has an ‘insiders’ knowledge of the various rhetorical devices and techniques writers use to impact their readers.