Advanced Composition

    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.

    Download file "Syllabus - Advanced Composition.docx"

    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).

    Download file "Critical Analysis Anansi Boys Requirements.docx"

    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

    Proofreading/editing 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,

    December 1!

    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 Sentences


    Using the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to create better writing.

    Week of October 10 - 14


    Rough Drafts Due October 13 - End of Class


    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

    College application

    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