• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
    Department: Freshmen English
    Composition (Grade 9)
    Instructor:  Joe Monahan


    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    The major emphasis during the Composition Trimester will be written communication. To succeed each student must be in class prepared to work. There will be daily grammar practice. The students will be expected to bring a binder to class since there will be a number of handouts. It is important students keep these organized and readily available on a daily basis.
    Course Description


    Composition, a course based on Indiana's Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and emphasizing the High School Composition Standards, is a study and application of the rhetorical (effective) writing strategies of narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.  Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, English language conventions, research and organizational skills, an awareness of the audience, the purpose for writing, and style. Students read classic and contemporary literature or articles and use appropriate works as models for writing.  Students write a variety of types of compositions with a focus on fictional narratives, reflective compositions, academic essays, and responses to literature.

    ·         Grade Level:  9 – This is a required English course for grade 9 beginning with Class of 2013

    ·         Recommended Prerequisites:  English 9

    ·         Credits: 1 trimester course for 1 credit

    ·         Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

    ·         A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course


    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    L. 1, L. 2, L. 4
    W. 10
    Class expectations.
    Expository writing

    Write expository paragraphs
    Grammar worksheets
    Spelling Quiz
    Etymon Quiz

    L 1, L2, L 4
    W 10
    Nonfiction terms
    Writing paragraphs

    Timed Reading Response
    Grammar Worksheets
    Etymon Quiz
    Peer Edit
    L 1, L 2, L4
    W 10
    Expository Essay
    Complete Essay Outline
    Grammar Worksheets
    Outline graded
    3 week assessment
    L 1, L 2. L 4
    How to write Introductions
    Grammar worksheets
    Complete Expository Essay
    Essay Graded by Rubric
    L1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Nonfiction selections
    Reading and analyzing nonfiction selections
    Grammar Worksheets
    Quiz on nonfiction
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Oral Presentations

    Prepare 5-8 minute speech
    Grammar Worksheets
    Speech graded
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    Prepare for midterm
    Personal Narrative Essat

    Outline Essay
    Grammar worksheets

    Outline graded
    Midterm Exam
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Complete Narrative Essay
    Grammar Worksheets
    Type and edit essays
    Essays graded upon completion
    L1, L2, L 4
    \W 10
    Group Presentations
    In class study of subjects for Persuasive Essays
    9 week assessment
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Complete Persuasive Essays
    Outline essay and complete
    Grammar Worksheets
    Essays Graded

    L 1, L 2, L 4

    Review for Final Exam
    Timed writing response
    nonfiction writing

    Timed writing graded

    L1, L2, L 4
    Final Exam

    Final Exam