Tomorrow is the day I walk into a medium security prison and teach my very first pre-college essay writing class. I am two parts excited and one part nervous. There are a lot of procedures to follow, which doesn't make this the most easy teaching experience to jump start my educational career with. But if I can teach convicted felons, I can teach anyone.
The course will began with some basic concepts of effective composition along with exploring the fundamentals of the rhetorical situation and the relationship between author-text-audience. Their assignment will be a brief personal statement outlining their goals for the course. This will allow me to gauge the skill level of the students and better prepare the course curriculum. They will also be reading the essay "Letting Go" by David Sedaris to prepare them for their next assignment: the narrative essay.
I'll be keeping track of my experience over the next eight months and would appreciate any advice from current educators. The curriculum will reference the classic text The Elements of Style and Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad along with a variety of other instructional material. Wish me luck!