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Mrs. Hoover's 9B & 10B Writing

Course Syllabi

Email: mhoover@fennville.org

Room: Fennville High School, Room 18

URL: http://www.fennvilleschools.org (You will be able to find my contact information here as well as the Parent Pinnacle Viewer.)

Voicemail: 269.561.7241 ext. 2174

Course Description 

Extensive practice in writing, specifically the writing process. Students will write a variety of papers, including personal narrative, persuasive essay, informational essay, research paper, read and respond critically to professional and student writing, and develop critical thinking skills.

Expectations of Students

I expect you to:

- Take ownership of your learning process;

- Perform the written work, reseach, supplemental reading assignments on time and to the best of your ability;

- Particpate actively, conscientioulsy, and courteously in our community of learners.

Course Objectives 

1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

10. Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. 

Teaching Strategies

During our class meetings, I’ll allot time for writing practice, peer response, discussion of related supplemental readings, instruction on the conventions of academic essay writing, and if needed, review of rules for standard written English. In addition to bringing any writing assignments that are due  that day, always bring a pen or pencil. You will be provided a notebook for your use. With very little exception, this notebook will remain in your classroom crate. 

My goal Good writing and critical thinking are the two most important skills with which you can leave this high school writing course. The ability to represent yourself well on paper will help you to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas both orally and in writing. My goal is to help you become more attentive to the importance of the quality of the presentation of your written work.