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.
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.
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.
Homework/Daily Work/Class Participation 20 percent
Quizzes 30 percent
Papers/Projects/Tests 50 percent