Writing for College Description

Writing for College is a college preparatory writing course that is taught through the lens of direct writing and instruction and literature. This course will equip students with critical thinking and writing skills to achieve success in writing at the college level. Students will grow as readers, writers, and learners. Students will learn to read actively, make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections among observations, and make interpretive conclusions about meaning and value. They will learn to think critically, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and persuade through lectures, discussion, reading, writing, and debate. In this way, students will come to take ownership of their growth as lifetime learners in preparation for the broader community of college and beyond. As this is a college preparatory course, students need to approach it as such. Expectations and requirements will be at the senior high school level, so it is imperative that students are committed to diligence and excellence in all reading, discussing, and writing. Students should expect to be in each class session as each is vital to understanding the material and instruction. Additionally, students should expect to spend approximately three hours a week on homework assignments, sometimes more in advance of a formal essay or substantial reading assignment. Major essays: 1) Analysis 2) Compare & Contrast 3) Research 4) Persuasive 5) Reflection

Textbooks and Supplies

Textbooks to be purchased:
Alighieri, Dante. The Divine Comedy
ISBN-13 978-0451208637

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
ISBN-13 978-0679734505

Endo, Shusaku. Silence
ISBN-13 978-1250082244
Under Class Details, see the Class Attachment for a picture of the textbook.

2-inch, 3-ring binder
10 binder tabs
2 highlighters - any color
loose-leaf college-ruled paper
consistent access to printer, ink, printer paper


Successful completion of KEYS HS English I and/or II, and preferably a Literature and Composition class, with permission of the instructor. If students are NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED in a KEYS Math or English class, we require Placement Evaluations to be sure they are placed at the best level to help them be successful in the coming year. Please contact the office to schedule an evaluation prior to class selection.

Class Information

Parents are responsible for purchasing all textbooks and supplies before the first day of class.

KEYS will invoice supply fees at the time of registration and class selection. This fee covers materials, lab supplies, and other expenses incurred by the teacher. It is a one-time fee, transferable until August, but non-refundable.

Please note the grade level for this class. Students younger than the recommended grade levels need special permission before signing up for the class. Please contact the office for more information.

What happens if a class is full? You may email administration@keysofva.org to be waitlisted.

  • Category: Academics
  • Subject: English
  • Days: Tue, Thur
  • Times: 12:30 pm-1:25 pm
  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Teacher: Meghan Aldrich
  • Monthly Tuition: $57
  • Supply Fee: $30
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