Composition – 11th & 12th
We will begin this course by reviewing the rules of grammar and rhetoric. The application of this knowledge will be evidenced in the composition of two college scholarship application essays and the completion of two ACT English practice tests. Following this review we will delve into the realm of Elegant Essays in order to better understand the format and organization of different types of essays. Weekly quizzes will be administered, and we will put these concepts to work in the writing of both a descriptive and a persuasive essay. Finally, we will complete a comprehensive research project. This process will include an exploratory research proposal and essay, an outline, an annotated bibliography, a researched argument proposal and 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.
The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book 978-0-9779860-1-9
MLA: The Easy Way 978-1935356523
The Complete Guide to ACT English, 3rd Edition 978-0997517880
ACT English Book Total Points
Exercises (8) 20 points each 160
Practice Tests (2) 50 points each 100
Essays (2) 50 points each 100
Quizzes (9) 10 points each 90
Exercises (9) 10 points each 90
Essays (2) 50 points each 100
Research Prop. (2) 20 points each 40
Rough Drafts (2) 20 points each 40
Annot. Biblio (1) 20 points 20
Outline (1) 20 points 20
Final Drafts (2) 100 points each 200
Presentation (1) 40 points 40
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 practice tests, 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.)
|ACT ENGLISH BOOK|
|1||8/17/2018||Read Intro-Ch. 2||Complete exercises: 14-15, 39-40|
|2||8/24/2018||Ch. 3-4||Complete exercises: 47-51, 56, 59-60, 69-71|
|3||8/31/2018||Ch. 5-7||Complete exercises: 77-81, 85-87, 89-95|
|4||9/7/2018||Ch. 8-9 & College App. Essay Prompt||Complete exercises: 112-114, 123-126 College App. Essay Due: Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn?|
|5||9/14/2018||Ch. 10-12||Complete exercises: 133, 137-139, 144-146|
|6||9/21/2018||Ch. 13-14||Complete exercises: 149-151, 156-166|
|7||9/28/2018||Ch. 15-17||Complete exercises: 171-172, 178-179, 185-186, 189-193|
|8||10/5/2018||Read p. 196 & Ch. 18-20||Complete exercises: 204-207, 210-211; Take Pract. Test 1|
|9||10/19/2018||Review as needed||IN CLASS: Take Practice Test 2|
|10||10/26/2018||College App. Essay Prompt||College App. Essay Due: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.|
|11||11/2/2018||Chapters 1 & 2||Read Chapters 1 & 2|
|12||11/9/2018||Chapter 3||Complete Ex. 2 and Ex. 4a; Read Chapter 3|
|13||11/16/2018||Chapter 4||Complete Ex. 4b; Read Chapter 4|
|14||11/30/2018||Chapter 5||Complete Ex. 6; Read Chapter 5|
|15||12/7/2018||Chapter 6||Complete Ex. 8; Read Chapter 6|
|16||1/4/2019||Chapter 7||Complete Ex. 11; Read Chapter 7|
|17||1/11/2019||Chapter 8||Complete Ex. 13 and Ex. 15; Read Chapter 8|
|18||1/18/2019||Chapter 9||Complete Ex. 17; Read Chapter 9; Begin Descriptive Essay|
|19||1/25/2019||Chapter 9 cont.||Descriptive Essay due; Read Chapter 10|
|20||2/1/2019||Chapter 10||First draft of Persuasive Essay|
|21||2/8/2019||Chapter 10 cont.||Persuasive Essay Due|
|RESEARCH PROJECT HANDOUT|
|22||2/15/2019||pp. 1-4||Complete Exercises on pp. 1-4|
|23||3/1/2019||p. 5||Do research; Ex. P. 5; Research Proposal Due|
|24||3/8/2019||p. 6||Do further research; Exploratory Essay RD Due|
|25||3/22/2019||p. 7||Exploratory Essay FINAL draft due: 8 sources min.|
|26||3/29/2019||p. 8||More research; Researched Argum. Proposal Due|
|27||4/5/2019||p. 8 & p. 363||Annotated Bibliography Due: 12 sources min.|
|28||4/12/2019||p. 8 & p. 349||Researched Argument Outline Due|
|29||4/19/2019||p. 9||Researched Argument Essay Rough Draft Due|
|31||5/3/2019||p. 10||Researched Argument Essay FINAL Due AND Five-minute Presentations In Class|
|32||5/10/2019||Five-minute Presentations In Class!|