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Okay, I like Prof Johnson's humor, but this class IS JUST SO HARD FOR NO REASON. The theme of the class is the American Dream, which is pretty funny as I am not an American. We have to do journals before classes, and these journals can take HOURS because we have to watch television shows and write three pages about them. The journals are graded upon completion tho.
WE HAVE TO PAY FOR HBO AND NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTIONS. The textbook was trash, except the AXES structure that you must use in your essay unless you want to get a B.
If you finish everything on time, you will get a B. The final portfolio involves a cover letter and two essays, each of them are six pages long. We have to write three-page drafts for three essays, and you can choose two of them as part of your final portfolio. Only the portfolio will actually be graded.
BUT! In the syllabus, he said
if you get EXEMPLARY on both essays, you WILL GET AN A.
if you get one EXEMPLARY and one SATISFACTORY, you will get an A- or B+ depending on which essay you got exemplary for.
if you get two SATISFACTORY grades, you will get a B.
HE MENTIONED NOTHING ABOUT LOW OR HIGH EXEMPLARY
I got TWO LOW EXEMPLARY on both of my essays, and MY GRADE WS 92/100, which WAS AN A-, NOT AN A!!!!!!!
To start off, you can tell Darien is a quality person. This review has nothing to do with him as a person, entirely him as a professor as well as his class. I won't lie I'm not even done with the class but I'm already aggravated with the work I've had to do and the amount of it. You have to do journal entries before class that can be based off of tv shows, articles, small videos etc. I've spent HOURS writing these and it all SCREAMS busy work. The most irritated I've been so far is when we had to watch Cardi B music videos and write in our journal about it. I mean come on. I never thought I'd have an English teacher ask me to watch the Bodak Yellow music video and develop analytical assertions based off of my observations. It's infuriating when this is what you're asked to do when paying A LOT of money for an education at one of the best schools in the nation. Could be just me but I'm really unhappy about this class. Only sticking around because ENG 3D is a great way to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to GE req's. Darien is a great guy... but this class and the way he's decided to teach it isn't for me and I'd guess at least a few would agree.
Professor Johnson is so helpful in letting you know how to improve your writing. He hosts writing conferences throughout the quarter which help a lot with expanding your thoughts and giving you recommendations on what you can improve on. I honestly feel like my writing improved so so much from the beginning of the quarter to the end. Super understanding and kind professor. The material is also really interesting and it covers media and articles that are relevant to today in our world! The assignments (journal entries) can take quite a bit of time but he grades them on effort and they are helpful with giving you a start for your writing projects in this class. The class is based on two writing projects that you spend all quarter working on and he provides a lot of conferences and office hours for you to get help on. I recommend taking this class with Professor Johnson :)
Darien is a great professor. His teaching style is community-based and he promotes discussion among his students. I found his community learning approach to be very helpful, as classmates have different lenses for what constitutes helpful feedback. The textbook was also very useful and appropriately priced. If you want to do well, follow the AXES structure in your essays and do every assignment.
The readings were not long, but the writing assignments were. It's all just busy work that I would look at as brainstorming because it eventually leads up to a big essay prompt. The workload is definitely questionable, but honestly Prof. Darien and the environment he fosters makes it worth it.
One of the best english classes to take, he is super passionate about writing and makes it clear and understanding about what his objectives are. Class consisted of 3 essays, at the end you choose 2 of 3 essays you wrote before and finalize that draft and that is the final topic. You read small articles and some videos like Cardi B, Euphoria, and other shows on Netflix. Only read some parts of a small textbook and focuses on the topic of the American Dream. Journals take a while, but there are helpful towards your essays and aren't too hard to complete. Overall, pretty straightforward class and Professor Battle is extremely accommodating and understanding.
Eng Comp 3 and 3D professors get free range to assign a theme to their class. Professor Battle’s was: “Streaming the American Dream.” Essentially, you will write three essays connecting elements of several popular television shows that are available on HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, etc. You will write three 3-page essays throughout the quarter and develop two of them into 6-page essays. Homework involves “journal entries,” watching/reading media, and responding to prompts, they can sometimes take a while to complete. At one point you will share a draft of one of your essays with the class and get feedback. For the other two essays, you will get a 15-minute meeting with Professor Battle. Class time is spent learning about “AXES structure”, which is a specific structure that your paragraphs must follow.
The final writing portfolio is the only thing that will be graded for this class. The lack of feedback in this class can be frustrating, but professor Battle is really passionate and cares about his students. I don't think this is an easy A, but the content is interesting and I think I am a better writer because of this course.