Ms. Schmitz: [email protected] English IV: Composition One definition of composition is the act or product of writing (The American Heritage Dictionary 143). This is true. In this class, you will write every day. The act of writing every day and the extra knowledge you will gain in this course concerning writing will make you a better writer. Another definition of composition (offered from the same source above) is the arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole. This is the definition I prefer. Writing is an art form. Writing, like any other art form, takes practice and skill. For most of us, writing does not come naturally. Perhaps it is because of this that many people see writing as a chore rather than an opportunity to express themselves. Luckily, with practice and patience, all of us can become better writers. This class is about your goals for writing. It is also about personal responsibility and having pride in your work. I want to stress again that you will write every day; however, every piece you complete will lead to improvement if you follow directions and put effort into your work. By the end of the semester, your writing will be more sophisticated, organized, and purposeful. Tentative Units (subject to change) One: scholarship essay / personal essay Three: written response Pre-writing process Writing for different subject Development, logical progression, and Funnel intro and reverse funnel conclusion transitions Study strategies Analyze sample essays Preparation/ reading for the intention of Annotation writing Peer and Self-Editing Peer and self-editing introduction and logical progression transition Two: / paragraph writing Four: formal essay preparation (partner paper) Quote incorporation Elements of writing a formal essay (all Elements of good writing (topic sentence, previous rules apply) explanation/analysis/support, concluding sentence, transitions, grammar, mechanics) Practice research skills Sentence structure and clarity Intended audience Point of view Works Cited page Five: Research Paper MLA format Topic of choice Active voice Six: Research Paper Speech Peer and self-editing EXTRA INFO: Throughout the semester students will work on various punctuation, grammar, and mechanics exercises. There will be a final exam. Class rules: 1. Have respect. 2. School policy will be followed. Please be familiar with the Student Handbook. 3. It is your responsibility to see me concerning work missed during an absence. Always check the absent folder! Last 1 First Last Ms. Schmitz English IV: Composition 27 January 2014 Creative Title Begin the introduction here. When writing a formal essay, always use the funnel introduction! Do not forget that this means the writer starts with a general idea and works towards a specific idea—thesis statement. ______________________________________________________________________ Tips for Success Be on time and prepared. Take good notes in class. Use your time wisely when given time to work. Always read the assignment twice and ask questions before starting. Refer back to your rubric multiple times while working on an assignment and before final submission. Save your work continuously. Save it here or on Google Docs Use the Writing Center. Proofread: spelling, grammar, mechanics, structure, organization, repetition etc. Use MLA format (header—as seen above, structure, quote incorporation, citations, works cited, etc). Treat the computers nicely—they are not your personal property and the privilege of using them can be taken away. If something at your station is not working, let me know immediately.