Composition 103 introduces the different ways that critical thinking can improve writing. If a coach sees readiness, students can be considered to slide to Composition 104 midyear for further advancement.
Using a variety of styles such as memoir, narrative, poetry, exposition, persuasion, and comparison, the students are encouraged to go beyond the fundamentals of writing and grow in confidence using their voice. Adding resources to further strengthen writing will be introduced.
The final unit of the course will include a multi-week research project. Self-reflection as a revision technique is a focus of the class. Students use a workshop approach to critique, revise, and edit one another’s work.
In this course, students will:
- Demonstrate a sense of voice for different audiences
- 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
- Develop a thesis statement with confidence
- Give constructive criticism and encouragement to another student
Students will submit their memoir and fictional story to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards writing contest 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 103 is designed for 8th to 12th graders who have had structured writing instruction in the past or have successfully completed Composition 101A & 101B or Composition 102.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours per day to complete.