I believe the sophomore year is a year of social transition. Sophomores obtain driver's licenses, take a first part-time job, and start gaining a measure of independence from their parents. Students in the Pre-AP English II class also face another transition--an academic one. They prepare to meet the challenge of the college-level work of the eleventh and twelfth grade Advanced Placement courses.
This class solidifies the foundation by building on the skills students have already acquired and requires them to perform increasingly more sophisticated tasks in their reading, writing, and thinking. Essentially, students will learn to apply the five levels of thinking: remember, understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate. Furthermore, the underlying goal is to develop genuine student learners.
"Teaching a pupil to teach herself is one of the dreams of a teacher." Harvey Penick