Mount St. Joseph High School
Elements of Writing
Mr. Doug Lambdin
The objective of this course is to introduce you to a wide variety of writing genres. You will demonstrate an understanding of these genres through several writing assignments. While working through these assignments, you will enhance your style, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and theory application.
During this course, you will closely analyze your own writing as well as the writing of your peers and of professionally published authors. Expository writing, or writing to inform and/or influence, is not written to remain private. You must become more comfortable with public criticism. Without that criticism, you cannot grow as a writer; nor can you satisfy the expectations of your intended audience.
During this academic year, you will work through the process and produce a finished piece of work in several of the following genres:
Short story Memoir Literary analysis of a book by a major author Poetry Argumentative essay Compare/Contrast essay
Movie/ Restaurant Review Travel Narrative Memoir Response Essay explaining a process
Essay using research techniques and documented sources (May be incorporated in one of the above)
Materials Required for Class:
Texts: The Bedford Handbook, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, A Raisin in the Sun, A Book of Short Stories 2: Perspectives in Literature, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The American Heritage Dictionary
Must Haves: vocabulary journal pad, Jump drive, stapler, hole punch (optional but suggested), computer printing paper and new ink cartridge…These are so I don’t hear “I ran out” on the day an assignment is due. It is not an excuse. Nor is “My computer broke down” an excuse. Plan ahead for unseen dilemmas.
Quality of written work for all activities, tests, quizzes, presentations, and homework (90%)
Quality of class work behavior/participation (10%)
(Its only 10%, but it can weigh far more in your favor if your grade is on the borderline.)
Cheating: Cheating will not be tolerated. If any aspect of your assignment shows that the work is not your own, this includes assignments you say you worked on with someone else and that’s why they’re the same, the whole assignment will receive a zero; and you will be given serious punishment.
Late assignments: If you turn in an assignment late and that lateness is unexcused, you have one week to turn it in for 75% maximum. What that means is if the assignment would have gotten an 80%, being late will earn it 60%, which is failing.
Absence: If you have been given an assignment and then are absent during the time it is to be worked on, or you are absent on the due date, the assignment is due the day you return. Only when you are absent on the day the assignment is given out will you be given an extension to complete it and turn the assignment in.
THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS TO CONTACT ME TO GET WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED. THERE IS NO SUCH EXCUSE AS “I DIDN’T KNOW” FOR NOT HAVING AN ASSIGNMENT.