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    Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
     
     
    Department:
     English
    Composition
    Instructor:Skertic

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    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

     
    Students are expected to bring their binder (interactive notebook) and pens to class each day. There is  no text book, but students will receive several packets on good writing and use the Write Source book in class They are expected to be on time and ready to work when the bell rings. Classes will start with Journal activities, followed by grammar lessons and writing projects. Students will also be quizzed over grammar and elements of writing. Reading will not be forgotten; students will read nonfiction articles and stories as models of good writing; and will be tested on reading skills as well. Students will be introduced to all five types of writing: Expository, Response to Literature, Descriptive, Narrative and Persuasive, with an emphasis on expository and persuasive.
     
     
    Please refer to the following web site for additional information on daily activities as well as links to web sites to help students prepare on Google Classroom. Students have sign-on information. 
     
     
     
     
     
    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 9A

    ·         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
    Week 1
     
     

    Getting to know each other

    Ice breakers and learning to use computers.
    Wednesday:
    Learn to use Google classroom
     
    Thursday:
    Pictures
     
     
    Friday:
    Diagnostic 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
    2
    Week 2
     
    9.4.10a
    9.4.12a
    9.4.13abd
    9.1.2c
    9.1.6ad
    9.6.2a
     
    Review Parts of Speech 
    and Parts of a sentence
     
     
     
    Fragments & run-ons
    Notes on subjects/verbs
    phrases vs. clauses
     
    Worksheets on run-ons and fragments 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Friday: Run-on Fragment quiz
     
    Paragraph summary of movie 
     
     
     
     
    3
    Week 3
    9.4.1ac
    9.4.2 abcde
    9.4.5a
    9.6.2c
    9.6.3abc
     
     
    Drawing conclusions and
     
    finding the main idea 
     
     
    Monday:
    DOL/Journal
    Recognizing run-ons & correcting them
     
    Tuesday:
    Library
    Finish Roanoke Myster
     
     
    Wednesday:
    Soundtrack of My Life Activity
     
     
    Thursday:
    Submit Soundtrack Assignment
    DOL/Journal
    Review for fragment-run-on quiz
    Early dismissal 
     
    Friday:
    Fragment /Run-on Quiz
    Idea writing assignment
     
     
     
    Monday
    Run-on worksheet due tomorrow
     
     
     
    Tuesday: Complete Roanoke paper for homework.
     
     
     
     Wednesday:
    Homework:
    Finish Soundtrack Assignment
     
    Thursday:
    Study for Fragment-run-on  quiz
     

    Friday:
    Homework -- study for test
     
     
     
     
    Required reading book
     must be complete
    by Sept. 22 with notes taken.
     
    4
    Week 4  
    9.1.1 abc
    9.3.11 bcde
    9.6.2ab

     

     

    Monday:
    No class
     
    Tuesday
    Using context clues to decipher unknown verbs
    Review Vocabulary packet for the week 
     
    Wednesday:
    Main idea article and supporting evidence
     
    Thursday:
    Review for Vocab Quiz
    Expository writing assignment on Google Classroom 
     
    Friday:
    Vocabulary quiz review conext clues
     
     
     
     
     
    Friday:
    !st vocabulary quiz
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    5
    Week 5 
    9.3.11 bcde
    9.3.13abc
    9.3.4a
    9.1.1 abc
    9.1.2 abc
    9.3.9d
    9.4.3 ab
    9.6.2 ab
     
     
     
    Elements of an Expository Essay 
     
    Thesis Statement 
    nt
    Monday:  
    Test
     
    Tuesday:
    Library 
    * Parts of an essay
    * Focus on introductions & thesis statement
     
    Wednesday:
    Review prompt 
    Transition activity 
     
    Thursday:
    Vocab Worksheet due
    Vocabulary quiz
    Prewrite for essay 
     
    Friday:
    First draft of essay must be  done
     
     
    Monday:
    Homework: Topic senence practice
     
     
    Tuesday:
    Homework: Descriptive writing -- Desciribing a place
     
    Friday: Quiz on figurative language & grammar
     
     
    Test Monday --
    Context Clues
    Fragment/Run-Ons
    Main Ideas 
     
    Vocab Quiz 2 -- Thursday
     
     
    6
    Week 6  
    9.4.10 ab
    9.4.12 bcd
    9.6.1 bc
    9.43ab
    Monday
    * Focus on conclusion
     
    Final copy of essay due
     
    Tuesday:
    Text organization 
    Subject-Verb Agreement 
     
    Wednesday:
    Paraphrasing
    Constructed Reponse
     
    Thursday:
    Vocab Quiz 
    Paraphrasing activity
     
    Friday Constructed Response 
     
     
    Monday: Finish Writing Expository Essay
     
    Tuesday: Review 
     

    Thursday:
     Study for quiz Friday
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Essay due end of class Monday
     
     
     
    Vocabulary Quiz 3 -- Thursday 
    7
    Week 7 
    9.1.1bc
    9.1.2bc
    9.6.1a
     
     
     
    Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
     
    Reviewing Reading Skills: Focus on
    Main Idea & Supporting Details
     
    Monday
    * Review for midterm
     
    * grammar practice 
     
     
    Tuesday
    Midterm 
     
    Wednesday:
    Summarizing
    Article of the week
     
    Thursday:
    No school/Parent-Teacher conferences
     
    Friday:
    * Analogy/Grammar practice
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Tuesday: Midterm 
    8
    Week 8
     
    9.2.8ab
    9.2.7abcd
    9.2.8ab
     
     
     
     Writing an expository essay
     Responding to a prompt

    Timed writing practice
    Monday: 
    Quote journal
    Types of introductions
    Thesis writing practice
     
     
    * Summary/Response assignment on Taliban article
     
    Tuesday:
     
     
    Wednesday: 
    PSAT Homeroom
     
     
    Thursday:
    Friday:
     
     
     Monday:
     Homework: Finish Taliban article
     
      Wednesday:
       Homework: College poster/   
         paper due on Thursday.
     
        Thursday:
          Homework: 
          Comma  worksheet
     

      
     
     
     
     
    9
    Week 9
     
    9.2.3a
    9.4.1abc
    9.4.10ab
    9.4.11abcde
    9.4.12abcd
    9.4.2abcde
    9.5.4abcdef
    9.6.1df
    9.6.2abc
    9.6.3abc
     
    Connotation vs. Denotation/
    Loaded Language exercise
     
     
     
    Monday:
    Quote journal
    Reponding to a prompt
    Writer's/Author's Purpose
     
    Tuesday:
    Timed writing prompt
     
    Wednesday:
    Connotation vs. Denotation
    Loaded Language
     
     
    Thursday:
    Review day --
    Current events project

     

    Friday:
    No school Fall Break
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Tuesday: Homework:
     Pages 1-6 on the Usage Glossary
     
    Wednesday:
    Finish reading on Main Idea 
     
     
    10
    Week 10
     
    9.2.3a
    9.4.1abc
    9.4.10ab
    9.4.11abcde
    9.4.12abcd
    9.4.2abcde
    9.5.4abcdef
    9.6.1df
    9.6.2abc
    9.6.3abc
    Reviewing Reading Skills: Focus on  Main Idea & Supporting Details
    Fact vs. Opinion
    Emotional & Logical Appeals
    Analyzing advertising techniques
     
    Analyzing advertising techniques
     
     
    Monday:
    No School Fall Break
     
    Tuesday:
     
    Context Clues
    Review reading skills with an emphasis on main ideas & supporting detailMain ideas
     
    Wednesday:  
    * 9-week Common Reading Assessment
     
    Thursday:
    * Emotional vs. Logical Appeals
    * Video on Advertising teachniques (graphic organizer)
    Friday:
    * DOL/Journal
    * Carouseling Activity analyzing ads
    * Assign project
     
     
    Monday:
    Homework:
    Context clues worksheet
     
     
    Tuesday
    Homework:
    Study for test
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Wednesday:
    * 9-week Common Reading Assessment
     
     
    11
    Week 11 
    9.7.1ab
    9.7.10 ab
    9.7.11abcd
    9.7.2a
    9.7.3ab
    9.7.6ab
    9.7.7ab
    9.7.9ab
    9.7.12ab
    9.7.18abc
     
    Elements of Persuasive essay
     
    Review logical vs. emotional appeals
     
    Bias
     
    Fact vs. Opinion
     
    Loaded Language
     
    Elements of good speeches
     
     
     
     
    Monday:
    * Finish Advertising project
     
    Tuesday:
    * Emotional vs. Logical Appeals
     
    Wednesday:
    * Analyzing persuasive essay
    Thursday:
     * Analyze problem-solution essay
     
    Friday:
    * Persuasive essay assigned
    Monday:
    Homework:
    Finish project creating original advertisement & identifying persuasive techniques
    (Quadrant D activity)
     Due Tuesday at start of class
     
    Tuesday:
    Rising Tides essay
     
     
    Thursday:
    Homework
    Analyze editorial
     
     
     
     
    12
    Week 12 
     
    9.2.1abcd
    9.2.5a
    9.2.6abcd
    9.2.7abcd
    9.2.8ab
    9.6.1abcdef
     
     
    Finals Days : 
    11/10 to 11/11
    Persuasive essays
     
     
     
    Monday:
    * DOL/Journal
    * Work on prewriting for essays
     
    Tuesday:
    * Timed Essays -- these count as part of final exam
     
    Wednesday & Thursday:
    * Type essays
    Thursday:
    Review for final exam
    Tutoring after school for Final exam
     
    Friday:
    * Timed writing prompt 
     
    Finals Week:
    Monday 11/19:
    *  Review for finals
     
    Tuesday & Wednesday
    Final exams
     
    Monday:
     
     
    Tuesday:
    Homework: Timed essays counts as part of the final exam.
     
     
    Thursday: Finish essays
     
    Thursday after school tutoring for final
     
    Friday & Monday:
    Timed persuasive essay