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English II Writing

June 11, 2015


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Course Objectives

1.  Students will communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes

2.  Students will compose well-organized and coherent writing for specific purposes and audiences.

3. Write for real situations in academic, professional, and civic contexts.

4. Using technology, produce compositions and multi-media presentations for specified audiences.

5. Extend vocabulary development and analyze effective vocabulary selections for a variety of writing contexts.

Texts Used:

There is no specific textbook, but students will receive materials and handouts from:

The Writer’s Choice Grammar and Composition.  Glencoe McGraw Hill 2001.

Elements of Language  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston  2007

Language Network   McDougal Littell 2001

Grammar For Writing Fifth Course. Sadlier-Oxford 2000.

Improving Vocabulary Skills 2nd ed.  Townsend Press 1997.

Course Description

This course will emphasize writing skills essential for success in college and the workplace. Students will complete a variety of writing assignments and projects they will encounter in academic or professional situations. Students will develop an autobiographical writing portfolio throughout the semester. These assignments include narrative, expository, and persuasive assignments. They will complete a written assessment of their writing progress as part of the portfolio. This will be a semester assignment. 

            Additionally, students will complete a research project based on a current social issue.  Students will develop skills identifying and evaluating sources, summarizing and paraphrasing information, writing a thesis statement, developing a position, and using sources to support positions in their papers.  Correct MLA documentation of sources will be used.

            Assignments will stress effective writing techniques, strategies, and editing. Additionally the course will stress vocabulary development and a review of grammar concepts for effective writing.

Grading Policy 

Homework/Daily Work/Class Participation            20 percent

Quizzes                                                                30 percent

Papers/Projects/Tests                                        50 percent