Looking for how to prepare high school English students for college? We all are.
I’ve known Ms. F. for years on digital platforms. I’ve found her both passionate and helpful. She has a unique perspective: she taught high school English before teaching college English.
When I had questions about how to best prepare my high school English students for college, her responses gave me so much insight that I asked if I could share them with my audience. Thankfully, she agreed.
Keep reading to see what questions I asked (what questions would you ask a college professor?) and to read her responses.
Thinking and reading and writing critically and doing solid analysis is a skill I see almost all of my English 101 students struggle with. I ask my students “why?” and “so what?” a lot. They need to learn to back up their claims more. We also have in-class discussions on readings where I give my students question starters based on higher level Bloom’s and have them create questions to ask of each other. I call them Higher Order Thinking (H.O.T) Book Talks.
The other issue I see is that students aren’t being transitioned into the current MLA format. They are still underlining titles (which went out over 10 years ago), and messing with fonts etc.
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