9-10 Composition

9-10 Composition 2017-2018

Mondays, 10:30 – 12:30

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

Tuition: $500 per year or 10 equal installments of $50

Supply Fee:  $30 per year due at registration

*NOTE: Minimum number of students for this course to progress is 5.

Course Description:  In the 9-10 Introduction to Composition course, students focus on the writing process as the primary tool to help them become independent writers. Students learn a step-by-step approach of building sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into essays and research papers. Although grammar is not a focus of this class, some grammar concepts, as it pertains to writing, are discussed, such as different sentence types, and how they are punctuated, to add variety and interest to writing. Students will apply their knowledge of sentence types by planning, writing and revising different types of paragraphs, such as personal narratives, persuasive, descriptive, compare and contrast, and expository. Other forms of paragraph writing include summaries and editing practice by evaluating the writing of their peers, as well as their own, by making suggestions to improve and assess writing for both mechanics and content. Mastering the planning process allows the students to move seamlessly into different types of essays, such as expository, descriptive, compare and contrast, persuasive and personal narratives, using concepts for composing introductory, body and closing paragraphs. Students will learn how to “hook” their audience and write an effective thesis statement. Strategies for writing a thought-provoking concluding paragraph will also be discussed in detail. Students will write at least two of each type of essay with at least one of these essays being 1500 words. Proper instruction of research papers help students demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of writing concepts to support their ideas through accurate and detailed references, and convey a well-defined perspective and argument that shows an understanding of the stylistic devices used. Proper instruction of research papers includes narrowing a topic, gathering information using source cards and notecards, paraphrasing, planning and drafting, outlining, revising and citing sources within the text and creating a works cited page using MLA format. Towards the end of the year, students will practice writing timed essays during class in preparation for the SAT.

Required Materials:
2-3 flash drives
a box of envelopes (any kind)
Essentials in Writing Level 9 (Additional workbook)  $32
http://essentialsinwriting.com/level-9/