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On day one we'll begin by discussing how to be successful on the written response portion of the English Diploma Exam. Course instructors have marked diplomas for over 20 years and she will help students create a clear and executable outline for success. (And quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for")
Students dive in with a short story, and apply "close reading of a text" in order to model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension. Students will analysis of examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will begin the process of writing thesis statements in conjunction with texts they've already seen in class. (Specific content will be analyzed here - students will have the chance to gain fresh perspective on works they studied throughout the year)
The day will finish with an examination of past diploma critical essay questions.
On the final class students will extensively review for Part B of the diploma. Instructors have assembled a comprehensive booklet containing hundreds of exemplar reading comprehension / multiple choice diploma-style questions.
Students will be shown trends in the types of questions to expect and gain valuable practice in examining texts and applying applicable concepts and definitions.
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Jeremy Cowan is part of the great invasion from Saskatchewan, a province from which he escaped for his post-secondary education, which includes degrees in Theology, English, and Education. He teaches the full range of senior English classes. He has experience both in teaching Diploma Preparation courses at Saint Francis and in grading ELA 30-1 Diploma Exams for Alberta Education, which has provided him with direct, common sense approaches to successfully writing the ELA 30-1 Diploma. When not enthusiastically flailing his arms in class or working with the Browns Senior Boys Rugby team, you can find him obsessing over large quantities of meat in his impressive brick smokehouse.