9th & 10th Grade Composition
Composition – 9th & 10th
We will cover the final three stages of the Progymnasmata during this course: Characterization, Description, and Thesis and Law. During the Characterization Stage we will learn to imitate the character of a given person and develop a writing style that is clear and concise yet rich in its delivery. Subsequently, we will study the Description Stage. The object of this Stage is to acquire the skill of vividly communicating descriptions of people, things, times, and places. From here we will progress to the final Thesis and Law Stage. According to Selby, this Stage teaches us two new skills: how to write a “logical investigation” and how to “compose an advocacy for legislation and an opposition to legislation.” The styles of each Stage will be practiced by completing several Characterization, Description, Thesis, and Law essays. Advanced application of the concepts will be accomplished by responding to college application essay prompts in each writing style. Finally, we will complete a comprehensive research project including a research proposal, annotated bibliography, outline, essay, and 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 due date. 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.
Classical Composition: Characterization Stage 9781615383740
Classical Composition: Description Stage 9781615383764
Classical Composition: Thesis and Law Stage 9781615383788
MLA: The Easy Way 978-1935356523
Characterization, Description, and Thesis & Law Stages Total Points
Quizzes (3) 10 points each 30
Peer Reviewed Essays (9) 20 points each 180
Final Essays (12) 40 points each 480
Research Proposal 40 points 40
Annot. Bibliography 40 points 40
Outline 40 points 40
Rough Draft 50 points 50
Final Draft 100 points 100
Presentation 40 points 40
1000 possible points
Peer Reviewed Essays will be evaluated line by line and corrected in class so that you know what to do on the next week’s Final Essay.
Because I know life happens, you start out with 20 “My Teacher Loves Me Points” to use for failed or missing Quizzes or Peer Reviewed Essay. (I know! Isn’t that outstandingly generous of me?!) Please note that the final essays and the 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.)
|CHARACTERIZATION STAGE (VII)|
|1||8/17/2018||Appendix: (pp.59-60)||Read A’s Introduction and Four Sentence Types – Quiz!|
|2||8/24/2018||Lesson 2: Paralytic||Pathetic Characterization Due – Peer Reviewed|
|3||8/31/2018||Lesson 3: Antigone||Pathetic Characterization Due|
|4||9/7/2018||Lesson 4: Xerxes||Ethical Characterization Due – Peer Reviewed|
|5||9/14/2018||Lesson 5: Ruth||Ethical Characterization Due|
|6||9/21/2018||Lesson 6: Judas||Mixed Characterization Due – Peer Reviewed|
|7||9/28/2018||College Application Essay Prompt||Characterization essay due: What did YOU say when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure? How did it affect you, and what did you learn?|
|DESCRIPTION STAGE (VIII)|
|8||10/5/2018||Appendix: L. 9 (p. 69)||Read A’s Introduction – Quiz!|
|9||10/19/2018||Lesson 2: Familiar Place||Description of Place Due – Peer Reviewed|
|10||10/26/2018||Lesson 3: Dream Home||Description of Place Due|
|11||11/2/2018||Lesson 4: Breaking Day||Description of Time Due – Peer Reviewed|
|12||11/9/2018||Lesson 5: Season||Description of Time Due|
|13||11/16/2018||Lesson 6: Person||Description of a Particular Person Due – Peer Reviewed|
|14||11/30/2018||Lesson 7: Person||Description of a Type of Person Due|
|15||12/7/2018||Lesson 8: Thing||Description of a Particular Event Due|
|16||1/4/2019||College Application Essay Prompt||Description essay due: Describe a topic, idea, or concept that captivates you.|
|THESIS & LAW STAGE (IX)|
|17||1/11/2019||Appendix: (pp. 125-126)||Read A’s Introduction – Quiz!|
|18||1/18/2019||Lesson 2: Homeschool||Thesis Essay Due – Peer Reviewed|
|19||1/25/2019||Lesson 4: Rich||Thesis Essay Due|
|20||2/1/2019||Lesson 5: Adversity||Thesis Essay Due|
|21||2/8/2019||Lesson 10: Jaywalking||Approval for a Law Due – Peer Reviewed|
|22||2/15/2019||Lesson 11: Jaywalking||Disapproval for a Law Due – Peer Reviewed|
|23||3/1/2019||Lesson 12: Your choice||Approval for a Law of Your Choice Due|
|24||3/8/2019||Lesson 13: Your choice||Disapproval for a Law of Your Choice Due|
|RESEARCH PROJECT HANDOUT|
|25||3/22/2019||pp. 1-4||Complete Steps 1-2|
|26||3/29/2019||p. 5||Complete Steps 3-4: Research Proposal Due|
|27||4/5/2019||p. 6||Complete Step 5: Annotated Bib. Due (6 sources min.)|
|28||4/12/2019||p. 6||Complete Step 6: Outline Due|
|29||4/19/2019||p. 7||Complete Step 7: Researched Argument Essay Rough Draft Due|
|30||4/26/2019||p. 7 (and p. 357-363)||Revise|
|31||5/3/2019||p. 7||Researched Argument Essay FINAL Due AND Five-minute Presentations In Class|
|32||5/10/2019||Five-minute Presentations In Class!|