Composition

Mr. Dawursk

 

All assignments are due the following class day unless stated.
REMEMBER: BOOKS CAN NOT BE TAKEN HOME.

 

 

ATTENTION:  DON’T WORK TOO FAR AHEAD AS FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

 

Updated:  Thursday, April 29, 2010

 

 

 

Week 1

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

1/31

Course Expectations
Classroom Rules

None

None

None

2/1

Readability Essay

None

Must be typed on lab computer for credit: 200-250 words on “What is Important to Me”
DUE: 2/3

None

2/2

Work on Essay in Class

2/3

Journals Explained:
Can NOT Leave the Classroom

None

Essay due

Day 1: Picture Story

2/4

Journal Assignment

None

 

Day 2: Picture Story

Week 2

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

2/7

Read Picture Stories

 

 

None

2/8

Mechanics Review: Capitalization

Pgs. 221-230

Exercise #1: 1-0; #2: 1-10; Exercise #3: 1-10; Assignment on bottom of pg 229.

Day 3: “My goals for this semester are:”

2/9

Mechanics Review: Punctuation

Pgs. 230-239

Exercise #1: 1-10;
#2:1-10; #3: 1-10

Day 4: “On Saturdays, I like to…”

2/10

Mechanics Review: Punctuation

Pgs. 239-246

Exercise #4:1-10; #5: 1-10; #6:1-10

Day 5: If I had twenty-four hours to live, I…”

2/11

Mechanics Review: Punctuation

Pgs. 246-259

Exercise #7:1-5; #8: 1-5; Pg. 262 Letter D #31-36

Open Book Test 2/14

Day 6: “If I had my own car, I…”

 

 

Week 3

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

2/14

Open Book Test Unit 5

 

Open Book Test Unit 5

None

2/15

Finding Forester Movie - Day 1

None

Worksheet & Essay

Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 7: “Secretly, I wish…”

2/16

Finding Forester Movie - Day 2

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 8: “My children won’t have to…”

2/17

Finding Forester Movie - Day 3

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 9: “My favorite vacation…”

2/18

Finding Forester Movie - Day 4

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 10: Forester said: “The first key to writing is to write; thinking comes later  What did he mean by that?

 

 

Week 4

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

2/21

NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

 

 

None

2/22

Finding Forester Movie - Day 5

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 11: Forester said, “Bitterly disappointed teachers can be very effective or very dangerous.”  What did he mean by that?

2/23

Finding Forester Movie - Day 6

None

Worksheet & Essay Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 12: In his book Forester wrote, “The rest of those who have gone before us can not steady the unrest of those to follow.”  What did he mean by that?

2/24

Finish Forester Essay

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

Day 13: “In my neighborhood…”

2/25

Finish Forester Essay

None

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due 2/28

and Essay due 3/2

NONE

 

 

Week 5

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

2/28

Finding Forester Facts TEST

TEST

Worksheet & Essay
Questions due TODAY

and Essay due 3/2

NONE

3/1

No School - Funeral

 

 

 

3/2

Finish Forester Essay

None

Essay Due Today

NONE

3/3

Power Point Lecture on Pre-Writing

Pgs. 268-271

P. 272 Exercise 2 & 3

Day 14:”I need help on…”

3/4

Make-up Homework
and Extra Credit Day

NONE

 

Day 15: “I never knew that…”

 

 

Week 6

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

3/7

Pre-writing

Pgs. 272-276

P.272 Exercise 1, 4, 5, 6

Day 16: “I wish the president would…”

3/8

Brainstorming, Listing, Questioning

 

P. 281 Exercise #2

P. 286 Exercise #2

Day 17: “On vacations I like to…”

3/9

Discussion: Focusing on an Idea

Pgs. 283-287

P. 288: Writer’s Workshop

P. 290: Pick One Assignment

UNIT 6 OPEN BOOK TEST: 3/14

Day 18: “I’d like to tell my friends…”

3/10

Sick Day (Mr. D was not here)

 

 

 

3/11

UNIT 7: Developing Paragraphs

Discussion: Development and Parts of a Paragraph; Define Paragraph and Topic Sentence; Limiting a Topic

EXPLAIN: Continuing Assignment

Pgs. 294-306

P. 297 Exercise

P. 302 Exercise #2

Pg. 303 Continuing Assignment

P. 305 Exercise #1

UNIT 6 OPEN BOOK TEST: 3/14

Day 19: “Our community would be better if…”

 

 

Week 7

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

3/14

OPEN BOOK TEST

 

 

 

3/15

Writing Proficiency Test and Vocational Day

 

None

 

3/16

Show “Hour Glass Layout” on website; Explain topic sentence versus thesis (or proof) statement;
Discuss what a “fact” is or is not

Pgs. 304-310

Pg. 308 Continuing Assignment

Pg. 309 Exercise #1;

Pg. 310 Exercise #2

Day 20: “If I had $50,000 right now, I would…”

3/17

Discussion: Use of Example

Pgs. 310-312

Pg. 311 Exercise #3;

Pg. 312 Exercise #4

Day 21: Many people don’t agree with me about…”

3/18

No School

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8

 

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

 

3/21

Discussion: Use of Reasoning

Pgs. 312-313

Pg. 313 Exercise 5;

Pg. 314 Exercise 6

Day 22: “The happiest day in my life was…”

3/22

Review: Supporting Details

Pg. 314

Pg. 314 Exercise 7; Assignment 1, and 2;

Pg. 315 Assignment 3

Pg. 316 Continuing Assignment

UNIT 7 OPEN BOOK TEST 3/23

Day 23: “Some people seem to want only to…”

3/23

Discussion: Writing a Conclusion

Pgs. 317-321

Pg. 319 Exercise #1;

Pg. 321 Continuing Assignment

Writer’s Workshop
Pg. 322-323 (steps 1-3)

UNIT 7 OPEN BOOK TEST 3/23

Day 24: I believe…”

3/24

In Class Creative Writing Assignment

None

 

None

3/25

No School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break: No School March 25-April 3

 

 

 

Week 9

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

4/4

Unit 7 Open Book Test

 

Continuing Assignment DUE

 

4/5

Unit 8: Organizing Paragraphs

Discussion: Chronological Order

Pgs. 328-333

Pg. 331 Exercise #1;

Pg. 333 Assignment #3

Essay Paper: 500 Words
On the topic: “Respect”
Due 4/14

Day 25: If I were five years older…”

4/6

Read “Humorous” (Assignment 3) Paragraphs in class; Discussion: Spatial Order

Pgs. 334-337

Pg. 335 Exercise #1

Pg. 337 Assignment #2

Respect Essay Due 4/14

Day 26: People who drink…”

4/7

Read “Picture Spatial Stories” (Assignment 2) in class; Discussion: Order of Importance

Pgs. 337-342

Pg. 339 Exercise #1;

Pg. 340 Exercise 2;

Pg. 342 Assignment #3

Respect Essay Due 4/14

Day 27: “When I’m alone at home, I…”

4/8

Read “Job Descriptions” (Assignment 3) in class; Discussion: Comparison and Contrast Part 1

Pgs. 342-348

Pg. 345 Exercise #1;

Pg. 346 Exercise #2;

Pg. 347 Exercise #3;

Respect Essay Due 4/14

Day 28: “My bluest days are…”

 

 

Week 10

 

 

Date Assigned

Subject / Notes

Read

Assignment

Journal
Assignment

4/11

Discussion: Comparison and Contrast  Part 2
( AAA/BBB and AB/AB/AB order)

Pgs. 342-348

Pg. 347 Exercise #4;

Pg. 348 Exercise #5

Respect Essay Due 4/14

Day 29: “My best friend can be counted on to…”

4/12

In class time to
work/type “respect “ essay

None

None

None

4/13

In class time to
work/type “respect “ essay

None

None

None

4/14

Respect Essays Due

In class peer review

None

None

None

4/15