Composition 102 continues to instruct students in the fundamentals of writing and equips them to compose in a wide variety of writing styles.
Advanced students are offered “challenge track” assignments, and if a coach sees readiness, students can be considered to slide to Composition 103 for further advancement.
This class begins with a grammar review and an introduction of the use of sentence variety in writing. A wide variety of styles are presented, including memoir, narrative, poetry, exposition, persuasion, and comparison.
The final unit of the course will include a multi-week research project. Self-reflection as a revision technique is introduced. Students use a workshop approach to critique, revise, and edit one another’s work.
In this course, students will:
- Write with sentence variety including complex and compound sentences
- Utilize sensory details, figurative language, and internal dialogue in writing
- Cite textual evidence for research including in text citations using the MLA format
- Write in several different styles, including narration, exposition, comparison, poetry, and description
- Give constructive criticism and encouragement to another student
Students will submit their memoir and fictional story to a contest of their choice as part of the class. Daily contact with a coach who evaluates mastery and skills will be provided. And a Parent Handbook in ebook form is included. This handbook gives you tips and suggestions for how to help/guide your child in their work. Weekly parent suggestions are also given in the classroom materials.
Composition 102 is designed for 8th-12th graders with little or no previous writing experience. If the student has completed Composition 101A & B, they do not need to take Composition 102.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1.5 hours per day to complete.