11-12 Advanced Composition

11-12 Advanced Composition  2018-2019

Mondays, 10:30 – 12:30

Instructor: Ingrid Stassi        281-240-9389        ingridstassiatcpc@yahoo.com 

Class Tuition: $650 per year or 10 equal installments of $65

Supply Fee: $30 per year, due at registration

*NOTE: There is a minimum of 5 students required for this class to progress.

Prerequisite: Proficiency with Word processing software. Spreadsheet knowledge is also helpful but not as necessary as Word processing.

Course Description: Advanced Composition is a combination of creative writing, business/technical writing and journalism. Students will enhance their creative expression by completing fun and exciting creative writing exercises that stimulate their imagination. Students will advance through the year,including writing short stories, a play, a news story and novella. Students will learn how to plan and write text, dialogue, develop characters, plots and conflict, summarize, and revise. Business/technical writing encompasses more advanced types of writing from the business world and theories, such as proposal writing, writing instructions and extended definitions and designing documentation, sales letters, memos, resume writing, descriptions, desktop publishing, presentations, and marketing writing. Students learn the basics of journalism, such as interviewing, writing news articles, the significance of editorial cartoons, photojournalism and captioning, advertising and social media. Although essays are not a primary focus of this class, students will write an essay to attach to a college application, using a commonly used admissions prompt. Students learn how to write a proper research paper on a subject of their choosing. Students should be expected to work on assignments at home at least 6 hrs each week. Credits for this class can be noted on a transcript as 1 English/Language Arts Credit or 3 elective credits (½ credit for Creative Writing, ½ credit for Technical Writing and ½ credit for Journalism).

Required Materials:
Small pocket notebook for word collection

Composition notebook for journal writing
Access to a good thesaurus
Paper (looseleaf or notebook and printer paper)
Professional and Technical Writing Strategies: Communicating in Technology and Scienceby by Judith VanAlstyne (Please buy a used book. A new book is $100 compared to a used book, which is $10 and under; available on Amazon)