Welcome to Advanced Composition!
I’m very excited to have this class. I am a writer at heart and I want to show you that writing isn’t boring or dumb. I know that not everyone in this class is an aspiring author, but clear and effective communication is a skill that is valuable for EVERYONE. Business writing, marketing, memos to your employees, proposals… all of these can benefit from knowing how to grab a reader and keep them interested.
*This will probably be a long blog post since I have to front-load information here, so please bear with me!*
Syllabus: Syllabus Fall 2017.docx
Intro/transcripts/expectations/what is this class??? HW: bring paper and writing utensil. We will be working in groups to finish the summer assignment #1. All summer packets are due FRIDAY.
Go over syllabus [above]. Begin Group work on section one of summer packet. summer reading.docx
What is an essay?
Read Sherman Alexie’s “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me”. This is an example of a personal essay. What does Alexie do in this essay that brings the story to life? Let’s look at some characteristics that I will look for in your writing as we read this piece.
Get a copy of your parallel reading by next Friday. Bookstores everywhere should have some of these as well as Amazon or BN.com.
OR Need in hand by Friday 8/11
HW: bring in a copy of some favorite song lyrics. Please don’t let them be too R rated and there needs to be some sort of narrative to it. Meaning, it can’t just be a sick bass line and the words “yeah, yeah, yeah, baby, baby, baby” over and over. Great for dancing to; not so great for my assignment 🙂
SUMMER READING PACKET DUE TOMORROW!!!!