Course Objectives: The goal of this class is to acquire more proficient writing skills and to become more confident writers and to prepare for college English courses.
Required Textbook: Advanced Composition: A Book of Models for Writing
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (Novel Study)
McDougal-Littell LITERATURE: British Literature - 2nd Semester
Week of May 1 - 5, 2017
Monday: Anansi Boys Critical Piece
Tuesday: Anansi Boys Critical Piece
Thursday: Anansi Boys Critical Piece Due (at the end of the hour)
Friday: Reading Reflection for Final Exam
Anansi Boys TEST
Working on Anansi Boys Critical Analysis (Due Tuesday, May 2).
Week of April 17 - 21, 2017
Anansi Boys (We will finish this novel this week!)
Anansi Boys Test
Anansi Boys Essay Prompt with Sources Handed to You - Friday (Essay is due Friday, April 28)
Week of April 10 - 13, 2017
ANANSI BOYS - Reading
Week of April 4 - 7, 2017
Tuesday: Mythology Presentations
Anansi Boys - Critical Reading Study over the Novel
Week of March 27 - 31, 2017
Mythology - Chosen Tales
Friday: Mythology project due today (technology project, art project, etc. Tell your story in a visual display)
Week of March 13 - 17, 2017
Macbeth and Reflective Essay (due Friday, March 17)
Week of March 7-10, 2017
Week of February 27 - March 2, 2017
First draft due - Analysis
FINAL DRAFT DUE - Thursday
Week of February 20 - 23, 2017
Proofreading/Editing Work - LEARNING TO REVISE!
Week of February 13 - 17, 2017
Canterbury Tales "Tales" - Students are writing their own tales - Due Thursday at the beginning of the hour; we'll travel and tell our tales
Beowulf revisions due on Monday, February 20
Week of February 6 - 10, 2017
Reading Geoffrey Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES Prologue
Quiz on the Prologue
Week of January 30 - February 3, 2017
* Homer's ILIAD - Reading and discussion
* Watch the movie TROY
* Revisions of BEOWULF essays
Week of January 23 - 27, 2017
Working on Beowulf essay - First draft due on Thursday - End of the hour
The Iliad - LITERATURE book
Week of January 17 - 20, 2017
Beowulf Discussion - The book is done!
Beowulf introductions (quiz) are due Monday
Beowulf analysis - one-page essay
Week of January 9 - 13, 2017
BEOWULF - Read and finish - Quiz on Friday!
Week of January 3-6, 2017
Introduction to British Literature
Week of December 5 - 19, 2016
Book Reports and Technology!
Revise argumentative essays!
Review for next week's final!
Week of November 28 - December 2, 2016
Monday and Tuesday: Final days to work on argumentative paper
Thursday: FINAL PAPER DUE TODAY! Must include Works Cited, Annotated Bibliography, and matching sources.
Friday: Reading critically
Week of November 21 - 22, 2016
Monday and Tuesday: Research! Your final argumentative essays are due next Thursday,
Week of November 14 - 18, 2016
Monday: Annotated Bibliography Due Today!
Research - How to develop the research paper from the information
Week of November 8 - 11
Thesis statements for your ARGUMENTATIVE research: due today
Understanding HOW to research: credible sources and note-taking (plagiarism discussion)
Incorporating research into the research paper
Week of October 31 - November 4, 2016
Monday - Tuesday: Blogs #2 (Due on Thursday at the beginning of the hour!) Focus on organization and sentence structure. Make sure you have an original photo (that you have taken).
Thursday: Research Topics
Friday: Research - Argumentative topics (Searching the library search catalog for ideas!)
Week of October 24-27, 2016
Monday: Diagramming Test
Tuesday: Literary Analysis and Comprehension
Thursday: Connecting literature and personal response
Week of October 17 - 20, 2016
DIAGRAMMING QUIZ on TUESDAY!
Using the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to create better writing.
Week of October 10 - 14
THE NARRATIVE ESSAY!
Rough Drafts Due October 13 - End of Class
FINAL DRAFT DUE OCTOBER 17!
Week of October 4 - 7, 2016
THE INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH! Practice! Practice! Practice!
Week of September 26 - 30, 2016
Tuesday, September 27: FINAL COPY COLLEGE ESSAY IS DUE
All Week: Blogs: Reading Blogs and Blog Ideas
THE ASSIGNMENT: http://sdippel.blogspot.com/
Writing the Blog
Designing the Blog
Blog due Tuesday, October 4
Week of September 19 - 23, 2016
Letter to Self: "Goals for This Year"
FINAL COPY of the college essay - Dippel will return rough draft to you.
Week of September 12 - 16, 2016
Common Essay in class (due Tuesday)
College application - Finish online
Reading/response - "The Silver Horn"
Week of September 7-9
Annie Dillard's "Flood" - Descriptive Writing and Response
Week of August 29 - September 2, 2016
* John Updike's "The Three Boys" - Reading and writing about "C," your true childhood friend
* Descriptive writing, continued
*Week of August 22 - 16, 2016
* Hand out and discuss syllabus and plagiarism contract (DUE TUESDAY, August 23)
* Sentence diagramming and grammar (modifiers and parts of speech)
* Sentence diagramming quiz - simple, compound, and complex sentences