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NEPF Evaluation 2015-16
Mr. Whatley, Carson High School
Your senior year:
Mr. Whatley opinion inserted here:
Lots of you are going to be tempted to take a minimal number of classes your senior year. DON'T DO IT.
If you get disengaged from learning, you stop putting it as a top priority. THAT IS DANGEROUS.
Want to take four courses? Okay, then take WNC classes and knock out some prerequisites.
Don't replace education with working, unless you aren't planning on going to college. If you aren't going to college, we need to have a little sit-down.
Okay, big question: Do you take AP Literature or American Literature?
You had four choices entering your junior year:
Reading and Vocabulary
You again have choices your senior year:
-- This is an intensive course, lots of reading. It's an exciting survey of literary movements and literary terms. You get to take the AP Literature exam. If you score high enough, you get college credit for the class! There is a GPA boost for taking the class as well; it's a full grade point boost.
American Literature [honors]
-- This is also lots of reading. It's an honors course. Rhetoric was all about writing; American Literature is all about reading.
--if things didn't go well in Jr. Rhetoric, this is an option.
Okay, time for a little Mr. Whatley opinion:
It's not a big deal to take an A.P. class. Every student I've had has done well and learned bunches.
Don't be intimidated by taking hard courses. Yes, Ali, that means you.
If you want to become smart, hang out around smart people who like to think.
Don't take the course if you are overwhelmed with other classes and commitments.
click on the ones that apply to you:
I enjoy reading and discussing Literature in a group setting.
I am planning on taking multiple Advanced Placement classes.
I’m college bound to either UNR or to some other university level secondary education
I usually do well in my classes maintaining A’s and B’s
I enjoy analyzing philosophical movements and tying those into Literature
I stay up-to-date with my assignments, always turning in assignments the day they are due
When I have been assigned a book to read, I actually read it and never “Sparknote, Cliffnote, etc.
My focus is on academics and not work/extracurricular.
I work fewer than fifteen hours a week
I am not afraid to speak during group discussions and offer my opinion even if it isn’t with the status quo.
I won’t mind having an academically stimulating senior year.
I consider myself a “thinker.”
I would like more of a challenge in my English class next year than this year’s class has been.
I am not struggling in Rhetoric (Grades, content, time management).
I have a quiet place I can read and do homework in
If you clicked on more than ten, you probably need to hang out in AP next year.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. --Aristotle