Composition 104 is an honors composition class, designed for advanced students who have shown a strong mastery of voice and the structures of various types of writing. This class is recommended to students who have a recommendation from a coach or have shown a high level of skill in an equivalent class.
Students in this class will focus on refining their composition skills in a variety of styles, including description, memoir, narrative, exposition, comparison and persuasion. Students will learn skills to increase the richness of their voice. Research will be required for several assignments.
The final unit of the course will include a multi-week research project. Self-reflection and independence in writing are highlighted in this class. Timed essay tests are also practiced. Students use a workshop approach to critique, revise, and edit one another’s work.
This class meets honors diploma requirements in most states. Please be sure to check your state guidelines to ensure honors credit for your student.
In this course, students will:
- Demonstrate a proficiency at sentence variety, mechanics, and grammar
- Demonstrate a highly developed voice across all styles of writing
- Write in several different styles, including narration, exposition, comparison, poetry, and description
- Engage in self-evaluation as part of the revision process
- Display the specialized skills needed to complete timed essay tests
Students will submit their description essay, 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 104 is designed for 8th to 12th graders who have had structured writing instruction in the past or have successfully completed Composition 103 or equivalent class.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours per day to complete.