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English Composition provides students with research and writing experiences that allow them to improve their knowledge, skills, and understanding of the writing process. It will emphasize prewriting, planning, drafting, and revision techniques essential to effective writing and communication. Students should recognize the importance of the grammatical and rhetorical structure of language, and utilize the process of creating clear and accurate documents through the writing of at least four graded essays and a number of in-class writing exercises.
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Key Topic Research Connection
I. Employ conventions of format, structure, voice, tone, and level of formality to produce writing for specific purposes and audiences as required by various writing situations.
Author's Purpose- Study.com
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
Tone, Mood and Setting - Elements of Narratives
This dynamic program takes an in-depth look at the structure and components of narrative writing. Whether it be a novel, short story, film or video game, narratives can take many forms but will always include character, plot, setting and themes. These elements are brought to life through the careful stylistic choices of the author. This program provides clear and concise explanations of the key elements of narrative writing with examples that viewers will readily relate to.
II. Practice ethical means of creating their work while integrating their own ideas with those of others
Student Writing and Ethics
Author: Joe Schall, College of Earth and Minerals Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
"Imagine having to type and sign your name under this (redundant) sentence at the end of your personal statement:
I certify that this essay is original work prepared by me, the author.
Well, you need not imagine it—many scholarship and grad school applications include just such a statement for you to sign."
C-Span Video with pannel on Writing and Ethics
Ethics in Writing and Publishing Panelists discussed various aspects of writing and publishing, focusing on ethics. Among the specific issues addressed were plagiarism, business ethics, and honesty.
III. Demonstrate an ability to fulfill standards of syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling for various rhetorical contexts.
IV. Apply flexible strategies for prewriting, developing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
V. Critique their own and others' work.
Writing Peer Review (Peer Critique) TOP 10 Mistakes
Created by 4th and 5th Graders- this cute video highlights good tips to give good peer critiques and things to avoid.
Peer Review: Commenting Strategies
Univerity of Minnesota- Writing Studies: "This video focuses on the role and responsibilities of a peer reviewer. Strategies for commenting include: ask reader-based questions, focus on global before local aspects, use the language of assignment criteria, offer constructive criticism and "I statements," avoid the "sounds good" comment, and provide summary end notes. Examples of each strategy are included."
I. Compose persuasive or informative texts acknowledging the expectations of specific audiences.
Diferences between informative and persuasive speech
A student made video that talks about Persuasive vs. Informative speeches- which also applies to writing.
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II. Apply research strategies including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing sources.
III. Employ an appropriate style for citing and listing sources.
IV. Demonstrate the ability to read and think critically about textsI
Critical thinking and reading
by Snap Language:
Critical thinking is an essential skill in reading--and in life. Learn the definition of critical thinking, how it applies to reading, and how we know we are reading critically. This video is an introduction to a series about reading critically.
5 Critical Thinking Strategies
Learn five simple strategies for teaching critical thinking in any class, at any time. Help students develop strong habits of mind to deepen their learning and engagement. Discover a critical-thinking game that combines all five strategies.
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