Students often reach the stereotypical last year of their K-12 years and feel they don’t have to work much at all. As if they graduated in their junior year. Nothing could be further from the truth. At this level students are expected to have a vast vocabulary that they can use in context at the drop of a hat. Examining the purpose for an author’s point of view when pushing rhetoric at the reader is a key skill that students will handle here. I’ve often found most teachers to focus on the study of the Bill of Rights for Seniors, but I have found the Declaration of Independence to be a document that really gets the conversation going.
Hopefully you are not fighting off mobile phone use when work with Upper Classmen. This is usually a pretty major issue that teachers deal with.