Composition – 9th & 10th
We will cover the three parts of stage six of the Progymnasmata during this course: Encomium, Invective, and Comparison. During the Encomium Stage (or “Praise Stage”), we will expound upon someone or something’s good attributes. The Invective Stage (or “Condemnation Stage”) takes the opposite approach and will focus only on the negative. The Comparison Stage will express contrast of two subjects. According to Selby, these Stages teach us to “learn to thoroughly praise, condemn, or compare.” The styles of each Stage will be practiced by completing several essays.
In November we will begin The Lively Art of Writing book. Through weekly reading and assignments, we will learn how to craft sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Please pay close attention to the weekly assignments listed on the syllabus.
Finally, we will complete a research paper including notecards, an outline, essay, and presentation. We will use College Paper Buddy as a guide for this.
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 due date. 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.
Classical Composition: Encomium, Invective, and Comparison Stages
The Lively Art of Writing
College Paper Buddy
Encomium, Invective, and Comparison Stages Total Points
Quiz (1) 15 points 15
Essays (9) 30 points each 270
The Lively Art of Writing
Weekly Questions (13) 10 points each 130
Weekly Assignments (11) 25 points each 275
Weekly Vocab (9) 10 points each 90
Quiz 15 points 15
Topic & 3 Sources 10 points 10
Notecards & 6 Sources 10 points 10
Thesis 10 points 10
Outline 10 points 10
Bare Bones Rough Draft 5 points 5
Rough Draft 10 points 10
Final Draft 100 points 100
Presentation 50 points 50
1000 possible points
Because I know life happens, you start out with 10 “My Teacher Loves Me Points” to use for failed or missing Quizzes or Assignments. (I know! Isn’t that outstandingly generous of me?!) If you finish the year with Points still in your possession, you will receive those Points as extra credit! (You’re welcome.)
As a student in this course, I have read and understood the requirements, and I have agreed to abide by the expectations and guidelines of this syllabus.
Student Name Date
As a parent of a student in this course, I have read and understood the requirements, and I have agreed to hold my child accountable to the expectations and guidelines of this syllabus.
Parent Name Date
|ENCOMIUM, INVECTIVE, & COMPARISON STAGES|
|1||8/23/2019||p. 147 & p. 10||Read A’s Introduction to the Stages AND the Lesson 1 Paraphrase. There will be a brief QUIZ!|
|2||8/30/2019||Lesson 2: Chaucer||Encomium on an Individual: Chaucer|
|3||9/6/2019||Lesson 3: Your choice||Encomium on an Individual: Your choice|
|4||9/13/2019||Lesson 5: Wisdom||Encomium on a Virtue: Wisdom|
|5||9/20/2019||Lesson 8: Judas||Invective on an Individual: Judas Iscariot|
|6||9/27/2019||Lesson 9: Your choice||Invective on an Individual: Your choice|
|7||10/4/2019||Lesson 10: Abortion||Invective on a Vice: Abortion|
|8||10/11/2019||Lesson 14: Paul & Peter||Comparison of Individuals: Paul & Peter|
|9||10/25/2019||Lesson 16: Hitler & Hussein||Comparison of Individuals: Adolf Hitler & Saddam Hussein|
|10||11/1/2019||Lesson 17: Vice & Virtue||Comparison of Vice & Virtue: Humility & Pride|
|THE LIVELY ART OF WRITING|
|11||11/8/2019||Ch. 1||Read Ch. 1; Answer Q’s #1-7; Assn. #2-4 (on “Grades”); Vocab #1|
|12||11/15/2019||Ch. 2||Read Ch. 2; Answer Q’s #1-4; Assn. #1-7 (on “Comp”); Vocab #1|
|13||11/22/2019||Ch. 3||Read Ch. 3; Answer Q’s #1-4; Assn. #2 (Essay!); Vocab #1|
|14||12/6/2019||Ch. 4||Read Ch. 4; Answer p. 47 Q’s #1-4; p. 58 Q’s #1-7|
|15||12/13/2019||Ch. 5||Read Ch. 5; Answer Q’s #1-6; Assn. #2 (Based on #1); Vocab #1|
|16||1/10/2020||Ch. 6||Read Ch. 6; Answer Q’s #1-11; Assn. #5; Vocab #1|
|17||1/17/2020||Ch. 7||Read Ch. 7; Answer Q’s #1-12; Assn. #1|
|18||1/24/2020||Ch. 8||Read Ch. 8; Answer Q’s #1, 4, 7, 8; Assn. #1 & #2; Vocab #1 (Pick 3)|
|19||1/31/2020||Ch. 9||Read Ch. 9; Answer Q’s #4-6; Assn. #1 & #2; Vocab #1 (Pick 3)|
|20||2/7/2020||Ch. 10||Read Ch. 10; Answer Q’s #1-3; p. 130 Assn. #1 a-e only; Vocab #1|
|Winter Break/Teen Pact|
|21||2/21/2020||Ch. 11||Read Ch. 11; Answer Q’s #1-6; Assn. #2 (Essay!); Vocab #1 (Provide 2 synonyms each instead of 10)|
|22||2/28/2020||Ch. 12||Read Ch. 12; Answer Q’s #1-12; Assn. #5 a-c|
|23||3/6/2020||Ch. 13||Read Ch. 13; Answer Q’s #1-9|
|24||3/20/2020||Ch. 14||Read Ch. 14|
|COLLEGE PAPER BUDDY|
|25||3/27/2020||pp. 9-27||Research paper topic DUE; Provide at least 3 SOURCES for your topic|
|26||4/3/2020||pp. 28-42||Provide at least 6 SOURCES for your topic. Put sources and notes on NOTECARDS. Notecards must be brought to class!|
|27||4/10/2020||pp. 43-54||THESIS statement DUE|
|28||4/17/2020||pp. 55-65||Pay attention to the MLA Style notes in the reading. OUTLINE DUE|
|29||4/24/2020||“Bare bones” ESSAY DUE|
|30||5/1/2020||ROUGH DRAFT DUE (Six page minimum)|
|31||5/8/2020||FINAL DRAFT DUE; PRESENTATIONS|