College Transition Course Requirements  

   

LEVEL:  COLLEGE PREP - 1 CREDIT

 

Prerequisite:  English 11R, Successful performance on the Comprehensive English Regents.

 

Text:  College Writing Skills with Readings, by John Langan.  6th Edition.

                         

          This course is a senior level English course designed to help the high school student progress to a level of competence in the English language arts that is appropriate for the freshman year of college.  The course will run as a writer's workshop with an intensive focus on analytical reading for the purpose of critical evaluation.  Additionally, students are responsible for completing a variety of writing assignments and keeping a class journal.

 

                This course requires daily participation.

 

Attendance & Lateness:  dealt with in accordance with the student handbook and code of conduct. 

 

Notebook Requirements:  Teacher will give further instructions pertaining to the notebook requirements.  Sections should be maintained for Daily “do now” or Journal, Vocabulary, Writing, Literature, and Projects.   Expect periodic notebook checks and quizzes.   Students are responsible for all assignments given in class as well as homework.  Students are responsible for assignments they may have missed if absent from class.

 

Grading Procedures:  Your grade will be determined based on the following:

Class participation……………………………     20% 

Class Work/Homework……………………      20%            

Tests……………………………………………………     20%

Quizzes………………………………………………      20%

Term Paper/Projects………………………      20%

 

Assignments are expected to be turned in on the due date.   Due to the workshop nature of the class, in most cases, late work will not be accepted.   Deadlines are important and must be met.  The specific method for calculating your class participation points can be found on the English Department Rubric for participation, attached.

 

Quarterly Projects:    Each quarter, students will complete a project.    These will contain elements of research, writing and presentation.    Some projects may include a group component while others will be independent.

 

Final Exam:   Final Exit Assessment

 

College Transition Units and Readings List:

 

Quarter 1:   Part One:    Focus Essay Writing

 

The College Application Essay / Autobiography

Personal Goal Setting                                  

Journal writing and “Do now”                        

SIM writing Paragraph and Theme (TOWER)                  

Portfolio Writing and Revision  

SAT Vocabulary Development   

Media  Literacy:  Key Concepts and Analysis

Creative Writing (the Short Story)--

Plot, Character Development, Conflict, Irony, Setting, Imagery,

Dialogue, Suspense, Crisis.

Project: Tall Tales and Urban Legends Short Story Project.

 

 

Quarter 2:  The Mousetrap  by Agatha Christie

                    Additional Selected Readings

Continued Vocabulary Development

Portfolio Writing and Revision

Continued Media Literacy:  Journalism

Project:  Journalism Project 

          

 

Quarter 3:  The Tempest by William Shakespeare

                    Additional Selected Readings

 Portfolio Writing and Revision

 Debate Unit:  Students debate controversial issues in class using

                     academic debate format.

                    Continued Vocabulary Development

 Continued Media  Literacy:  Radio

                    Project:  Public Speaking 

 

Quarter 4:   Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and accompanying film.

                     Selected readings from the text

                     Continued Vocabulary Development

 Continued Media  Literacy:  Advertising

  Film and TV Production: Storyboards and Scripts

                     Senior Memory Book Portfolio Project

 

Final Exit Exam