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

    Email:
     vhenderson@mvsc.k12.in.us 
     
     
     
     
     
     

    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, bellwork and notes written every single day.
     
    Course Description
     

    COMPOSITION                                                                                             

    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

     
     


     
     
    Week
    Standards
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Assessments
    Other
    1
    L. 1, L. 2, L. 4
    W. 10
    Class expectations.
    Class introductions
    "About Me" writing assignment
    "Find Someone Else" activity   
                        Diagnostic Test
    SRI Test 
     
    2
    L 1, L2, L 4
    W 10
    Capitalization
    Sentences 

    DOL
    Sentence notes 
    Sentence Handouts
    Group, partner and class practice
    Flashcards 
    Vocabulary Quiz 1

     
    3
    L 1, L 2, L4
    W 10
    Parts of Speech
    DOL
    Parts of Speech notes
    Flashcards 
    Parts of Speech project
    Vocabulary Quiz 2
    Parts of Speech group project
     
    4
    L 1, L 2. L 4
     
    Main Idea 
    Main Purpose
    Summarizing
    Using Best Evidence 
    DOL
    Notes
    Flashcards
    Review for exam 
    Vocabulary Quiz 3
    3 Week assessment  
     
    5
    L1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
     Expository writing
     
    PSAT Word of the Day
    Self-evaluations
    The writing process notes
    Flashcards 
     Vocabulary Quiz 4
    Quote Project 
     
     
    6
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Context Clues 
    Text structure
    Subject-verb agreement 
    PSAT Word of the Day 
    Stations activity
     Review for Midterm
    Flashcards 
    Vocabulary Quiz  5
    Midterm Exam 
     
    7
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    Persuasive writing 
    Elements of a persuasive essay 
    Thesis Statements
    PSAT Word of the Day
    Thesis statement notes
    Thesis statement practice
     Flashcards
    Vocabulary Quiz 6
     
    8
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Elements of Descriptive and Narrative Essays
    Argumentative writing 
    Persuasive power point project 
    Field Trip to Zoo 
    Flashcards 
    Essays graded upon completion
        Vocabulary Quiz 7
     
    9
    L1, L2, L 4
    \W 10
    Persuasive writing and elements
    Reading comprehension 
    Reading comprehension notes
    Comprehension handouts
    Stations Activity
    Review for exam
    Flashcards 
    9 week assessment
        Vocabulary Quiz 8
     
    10
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    W 10
    Reading comprehension 
    Writing techniques  
    Reading comprehension practice
    Essay organization activity 
    Flashcards 
    Vocabulary Quiz 9
     
    11
    L 1, L 2, L 4
    Review for Final Exam
    Timed writing response
    Stations activity 
    Reading comprehension group activity
    Partner and class activities  
    Flashcards 
    Timed writing graded
        Vocabulary Quiz 10
     
    12
    L1, L2, L 4
    Final exam material

    Review for final exam
    Flashcards 
    Final Exam
    Vocabulary Quiz 11