We started the year in AP Lang with a number of writing samples. Students turned in their Of Mice and Men summer essays, or spent the first week getting caught up if they hadn’t done them yet. I gave three timed writings for pre-assessment, one for each type of essay on the AP Lang exam. We discussed different school calendars using two texts I provided (Time Magazine and the Daily Times-Call) as well as students own experiences from this past summer, and we began using this topic to review and practice Claim, Data, Commentary structure for paragraphs — the foundation of good arguments and academic writing. I also introduced the syllabus for the course.