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Syllabus

Writing 101

2017-2018

 

Course / Content Area:  English Language Arts

 

Description: In this class, students will improve their writing skills. The focus of the class is the organization and process of writing paragraphs, essays, stories, reviews, analyses, and research papers. Emphasis is also put on learning new vocabulary to use in writing as well as becoming a better speller. Students will learn/review all basic grammar rules and practices, focusing on one topic/technique a week. Students will also share and workshop their writing with the class.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS:

At the end of this course, you will

  • know 85 new vocabulary words
  • understand all basic and intermediate grammar usage and mechanics practices
  • be able to write in all forms including expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive
  • be able to organize, plan, and revise writing

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

Daily Schedule

10 - vocab word of the day

  • Copy word and definition
  • Use it in a sentence

15 min - grammar lesson

  • Present topic
  • Do activity

20 min - writing lesson

  • New or continuing writing assignment
  • Fridays: students share their writing from the week
  • If extra time, random vocab testing

5 min - participation

 

Calendar of Topics and Projects

1/22-1/26

  • A single paragraph
  • Spelling it out
  • Abdicate, accessible, acclimated, accommodate, accumulate

1/29-2/02

  • Five paragraph essay
  • Commonly confused words
  • Acknowledge, acoustics, acute, adequate, advantageous

2/05-2/09

  • Abstract
  • Parts of speech
  • Alliteration, alliance, amateur, analogy, anecdote

2/12-2/16

  • Argument Essay
  • Tenses
  • Barbarian, bilingual, blasphemy, boycott, beneficial

February Break

2/26-3/02 Substitute

  • Basic sentence structure
  • Verb Varieties
  • Caricature, catalyst, catastrophe, chagrined, cliche

2/05-2/09

  • Cause and Effect Essay
  • Pronoun Problems
  • Colossal, coincide, compatible, compelled, concede

2/12-2/15

  • Compare and Contrast
  • Pronoun problems
  • Debacle, decadent, deceit, detrimental, diligence

2/19-2/23

  • Critical Analysis
  • Punctuation and Style
  • Elevation, eligible, extraneous, exuberance, expansion

2/26-2/30 End of Quarter

  • Make-Up

4/02-4/05

  • Descriptive Essay
  • Writing better sentences
  • Fallacy, fascinate, feasible, felicity, fictitious

4/09-4/13

  • Autobiographical Narratives
  • Writing better sentences
  • Grandeur, griece, heinous, hyperbole, hypocrite

April Break

4/23-4/27

  • Precis
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Idiosyncrasy, inevitable, initiative, intercede, intricate

4/30-5/04

  • Process Paper
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Laborious, lapse, limerick, lineage, liquefy

5/07-5/11

  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Substitutes for wordy phrases
  • Malicious, martyrdom, necessity, neurotic, neutral

5/14-5/18

  • Research Paper
  • Substitutes for wordy phrases
  • Obtuse, omission, onomatopoeia, oppression, oxymoron

5/21-5/25

  • The Review
  • Unfinished grammar
  • Patronage, perceive, permissible, permutation,perspiration

5/29-6/01

  • Final Project
  • Quibble, quench, rectify, regiment, retaliate

6/04-6/08

  • Final Project
  • Shrewd, sphere, tendency, unscrupulous, zenith

6/11-6/14 School Ends

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Rules:

  • Students are permitted to miss no more than 15 classes for the semester - all absences beyond this point must be made up before or after school, 5 tardies = 1 absence
  • Students must use art supplies correctly and with respect
  • Respectful and kind behavior and language is expected at all times, students will be asked to the class if this does not happen
  • If students miss days, they must talk with teacher about making up all assignments

 

Grading Policies:

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all work they missed within 5 class days of their return to school.

 

A+

97 - 100

B+

87 - 89.9

C+

77 – 79.9

D+

67 – 69.9

F

0 – 59.9

A

93 - 96.9

B

83 – 86.9

C

73 – 76.9

D

63 – 66.9

   

A-

90 - 92.9

B-

80 – 82.9

C-

70 – 72.9

D-

60 – 62.9

   



CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Wendy Kozak, Teacher at Ledyard Charter School
  • (603) 727-4772, available by phone on school days 8-9am, 3-4pm
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