11-12 Advanced Composition

11-12 Advanced Composition  2019-2020

Mondays, 8:30-10:30

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

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

Supply Fee: $45 per year, due at registration

Prerequisite: Proficiency in word processing software.

*NOTE: There is a minimum of 5 students required for this class to progress; maximum is 12.

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 advance through the year writing short stories, a script, a novella and a variety of other creative writing assignments. Students learn how to plan and write creative text, dialogue, develop characters, plots and conflict, summarize and revise.

Business/technical writing encompasses more advanced types of writing from the business world, such as different types of letters, resumes, proposals, instructions, marketing, extended definitions,technical descriptions and learn techniques for designing documentation, desktop publishing and presentations.

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 practice writing an essay to attach to a college application, using a commonly used admissions prompt. Students also practice the process of writing a proper research paper on a subject of their choosing, including narrowing a subject, gathering information, using source cards and notecards, paraphrasing, outlining, creating a works cited page and in text citations. Grammar concepts for writing and editing are reviewed throughout the year

Students should be expected to work on assignments at home at least 5-6 days 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:
rofessional and Technical Writing Strategies: Communicating in Technology and Science 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)

Several flash drives (not optional)
Pens/pencils/lots of paper
Knowledge of word processing software on 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)
Small pocket notebook for Word Collections
Composition notebook for journal writing
Printer paper for home use