I had the luck of not getting into AP English during my eleventh year of public education. Instead, I ended up in the lower honors English course. The students in the AP English course read all the books that were going to be on the final AP test and learned how to do well on the test by taking multiple practice AP exams throughout the year. The class I was in was required to read a short essay or story, one to five pages, and then write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the reading. This was a weekly assignment with readings being assigned on Mondays and written responses due the following Monday. We would receive grades, edits and comments from the previous week on Mondays as well. The grades were simply minus, check or plus. Three times a semester we had scheduled individual meetings with the teacher to discuss our writing, but he was available to discuss writing after class or during lunch most days. At the end of the year we were required to compile a writing packet where we included all of our weekly writing assignments along with four that we chose to rewrite. We were also asked to include a one page justification on our expectation for a final grade. This packet constituted two-thirds of the final grade. I feel that each of us in that English class leaned much more useful English skills than the AP class.