9-10 Intro to Composition 2019-20
Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30
Instructor: Ingrid Stassi 281-240-9389 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Tuition: $550 per year or 10 equal installments of $55
Supply Fee: $35 per year, due at registration
*NOTE: There is a minimum of 3 students required for this class to progress; maximum is 18
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 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 is also discussed in detail. Students write at least two of each type of essay with at least one of these essays being 1200 words.
Proper instruction of research papers helps students demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of writing concepts to support their ideas through accurate and detailed references, and conveys 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 note-cards, 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 or other standardized test formats. Students should be expected to work on assignments at home at least 5-6 days each week on writing assignments.
Essentials in Writing Level 9 (workbook only option) $32
Several flash drives (at least 3; this is not optional)
Envelopes or plastic baggies
Pens/pencils/lots of paper
Word processing software on a home computer (Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, Google Docs, OpenOffice)
Adobe Acrobat to convert files to PDF (only needed if using Mac Pages or Google Docs)