Composition – 11th & 12th
We will begin this course by learning how to write a fantastic college admissions essay. The application of this knowledge will be evidenced in the composition of a complete college admission essay and various exercises. Following this study we will delve into the realm of The Writer’s Practice in order to better understand the format and organization of different types of essays. Weekly writing exercises will be required, and we will put these concepts to work in the writing of two essays. Finally, we will complete a comprehensive research project. This process will be based on the skills learned from The Writer’s Practice and will require a thesis, notecards, an outline, a researched argument essay, and a project presentation.
Expectations & Guidelines
- You and your parent(s) are expected to read this syllabus in its entirety, sign it, and come to the first day of class with it signed and in your binder.
- We will foster a respectful learning environment and be kind to each other when commenting or peer reviewing work.
- You will bring your Composition binder, homework, and writing utensil to every class meeting.
- All handouts and returned essays must be kept in an organized manner in the Composition binder.
- You are required to write and submit your own original work. Paraphrasing, quoting, or summarizing other sources without proper MLA citations will not be tolerated. Duplication of your own work without prior instructor approval is also a form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism or cheating will result in a zero for the assignment. More than one instance of plagiarism or cheating will result in a referral to the Board and may lead to expulsion from the course.
- Due dates are clearly stated on the syllabus. You are required to turn in paper copies of your work on the date due. I will not accept emailed copies without prior communication with your parent.
- Late work will be penalized one letter grade per week. Missing work without a parent’s verbal excuse will result in a zero for that assignment. Failing to turn in work more than 25% of the time will result in a referral to the Board.
- If we have a class cancellation or I miss a week, a revised syllabus will be emailed to you prior to the next week; otherwise, follow the attached schedule.
- If you have any questions during the week, please text or email me. I will respond as soon as my schedule allows.
College Essay Essentials 978-1-4926-3512-3
MLA: The Easy Way 978-1935356523
The Writer’s Practice 978-0-14-313315-5
College Essay Essentials Total Points
Quizzes (5) 20 points each 100
Exercises/Drafts (6) 20 points each 120
Final Essay (1) 100 points each 100
The Writer’s Practice
Assignments (9) 20 points each 180
Essay/Drafts (2) 20 points each 40
Final Essay (1) 100 points each 100
Topic and 4 Sources 50 points 50
8 Sources & Notecards 50 points 50
Thesis 10 points 10
Outline 10 points 10
Rough Drafts (2) 20 points each 40
Final Draft 150 points 150
Presentation 50 points 50
1000 possible points
Because I know life happens, you start out with 20 “My Teacher Loves Me Points” to use for failed or missing Exercises or Quizzes. (I know! Isn’t that outstandingly generous of me?!) Please note that the essays and research project requirements are NOT eligible for the MTLM Points. If you finish the year with Points still in your possession, you will receive those Points as extra credit! (You’re welcome.)
|Week||Date||Lesson||Assignment Due||Turn In:|
|College Essay Essentials|
|1||8/23/2019||Read Intro||Read Intro (pp. ix-xvii).||Quiz|
|2||8/30/2019||Ch. 1||Read Ch. 1, Complete Exercises on p. 3, 7, 8-9.||Exercises|
|3||9/6/2019||Ch. 2||Read Ch. 2. Write 2 paragraphs demonstrating the differences between Narrative Structure and Montage Structure.||Paragraphs|
|4||9/13/2019||Ch. 3 & 4||Read Ch. 3. Be prepared to explain the “Four Types of Essays”. Choose your TYPE and read relevant part of Ch. 4.||Quiz|
|5||9/20/2019||Write a first draft of your essay based on Ch. 4.||1st Draft|
|6||9/27/2019||Ch. 5||Read Ch. 5. Revise your first draft.||Revision|
|7||10/4/2019||Ch. 6||Read Ch. 6. Do “Feelings & Needs Exercise” pp. 121-130.||Exercise|
|8||10/11/2019||Ch. 7||Rd. half of Ch. 7 (pp. 142-160). Know the “value” taught in 5 Families||Quiz|
|9||10/25/2019||Ch. 7||Read half of Ch. 7 (pp. 160-182). Know the “4 qualities” on p. 179.||Quiz|
|10||11/1/2019||Ch. 8||Rd. Ch. 8. Compare your essay to “Test” on pp. 186-187.||“Test”|
|11||11/8/2019||Ch. 9||Read Ch. 9 AND Additional Resources.||Quiz|
|12||11/15/2019||Revise your essay to the point it is ready for the application!||Final Draft|
|The Writer’s Practice|
|13||11/22/2019||pp. 1-14||Week 1: Read pp. 1-14. Do Assn. on pp. 3 and 13.||Assn.|
|14||12/6/2019||Section 1||Week 2: Read pp. 21-29. Do Assn. on p. 29.||Assn.|
|15||12/13/2019||Section 1||Week 3: Read pp. 30-34. Do Assn. on p. 31.||Assn.|
|16||1/10/2020||Section 2||Week 4: Read pp. 49-58. Do Assn. on p. 54.||Assn.|
|17||1/17/2020||Section 3||Week 5: Read pp. 83-95. CHOOSE Assn. p. 79 OR p. 85.||Assn.|
|18||1/24/2020||Section 3||Week 6: Read pp. 105-119. Do Assn. on p. 109.||Assn.|
|19||1/31/2020||Section 4||Week 7: Read pp. 125-130. Do Assn. on pp. 126-128 with article.||Assn.|
|20||2/7/2020||Section 4||Week 8: Read pp. 146-151. Do Trivia Assn. on pp. 147-151.||Assn.|
|Winter Break/Teen Pact|
|21||2/21/2020||Section 4||Week 9: Read pp. 152-162. Choose Impossible OR Passion Assn.||Essay|
|22||2/28/2020||Section 4||Week 10: Read pp. 163-179. Choose topic and write rough draft.||Rough draft|
|23||3/6/2020||Section 5||Wk 11: Final draft. Three page minimum. Include MLA Works Cited.||Final Draft|
|24||3/20/2020||Section 5||Week 12: Read pp. 201-216. Choose 1 Topic and do Assn.||Assn.|
|25||3/27/2020||Research paper topic DUE; Provide at least 4 SOURCES.||Topic/Sour|
|26||4/3/2020||Provide at least 8 SOURCES for your topic. Put sources and notes on NOTECARDS. Notecards must be brought to class!||Notecards/ Sources|
|27||4/10/2020||THESIS statement DUE||Thesis|
|28||4/17/2020||Pay attention to the MLA Style. OUTLINE DUE||Outline|
|29||4/24/2020||“Bare bones” ESSAY DUE||Bare Bones|
|30||5/1/2020||ROUGH DRAFT DUE (8 page minimum)||Rough Draft|
|31||5/8/2020||FINAL DRAFT DUE; PRESENTATIONS||Final Draft|