11th & 12th Grade Composition

Composition – 11th & 12th





Summer Hamblin




Course Description

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

  1. 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.
  2. We will foster a respectful learning environment and be kind to each other when commenting or peer reviewing work.
  3. You will bring your Composition binder, homework, and writing utensil to every class meeting.
  4. All handouts and returned essays must be kept in an organized manner in the Composition binder.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If you have any questions during the week, please text or email me. I will respond as soon as my schedule allows.

Required Materials

Composition Binder

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

Elegant Essays

          Quizzes (9)            10 points each                              90

          Exercises (9)          10 points each                             90

          Essays (2)               50 points each                           100

Research Project

          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.)

WeekDateLessonAssignment Due
18/17/2018Read Intro-Ch. 2Complete exercises:  14-15, 39-40
28/24/2018Ch. 3-4Complete exercises: 47-51, 56, 59-60, 69-71
38/31/2018Ch. 5-7Complete exercises: 77-81, 85-87, 89-95
49/7/2018Ch. 8-9 & College App. Essay PromptComplete 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?
59/14/2018Ch. 10-12Complete exercises: 133, 137-139, 144-146
69/21/2018Ch. 13-14Complete exercises: 149-151, 156-166
79/28/2018Ch. 15-17Complete exercises: 171-172, 178-179, 185-186, 189-193
810/5/2018Read p. 196 & Ch. 18-20Complete exercises: 204-207, 210-211; Take Pract. Test 1 
910/19/2018Review as neededIN CLASS: Take Practice Test 2
1010/26/2018College App. Essay PromptCollege App. Essay Due: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
1111/2/2018Chapters 1 & 2Read Chapters 1 & 2
1211/9/2018Chapter 3Complete Ex. 2 and Ex. 4a; Read Chapter 3
1311/16/2018Chapter 4Complete Ex. 4b; Read Chapter 4
1411/30/2018Chapter 5Complete Ex. 6; Read Chapter 5
1512/7/2018Chapter 6Complete Ex. 8; Read Chapter 6
 Christmas Break  
161/4/2019Chapter 7Complete Ex. 11; Read Chapter 7
171/11/2019Chapter 8Complete Ex. 13 and Ex. 15; Read Chapter 8
181/18/2019Chapter 9Complete Ex. 17; Read Chapter 9; Begin Descriptive Essay
191/25/2019Chapter 9 cont.Descriptive Essay due; Read Chapter 10
202/1/2019Chapter 10First draft of Persuasive Essay
212/8/2019Chapter 10 cont.Persuasive Essay Due
222/15/2019pp. 1-4Complete Exercises on pp. 1-4 
233/1/2019p. 5Do research; Ex. P. 5; Research Proposal Due
243/8/2019p. 6Do further research; Exploratory Essay RD Due
253/22/2019p. 7Exploratory Essay FINAL draft due: 8 sources min.
263/29/2019p. 8More research; Researched Argum. Proposal Due
274/5/2019p. 8 & p. 363Annotated Bibliography Due: 12 sources min.
284/12/2019p. 8 & p. 349Researched Argument Outline Due
294/19/2019p. 9Researched Argument Essay Rough Draft Due
304/26/2019pp. 357-363Revise
315/3/2019p. 10Researched Argument Essay FINAL Due AND Five-minute Presentations In Class
325/10/2019 Five-minute Presentations In Class!