Composition and Literature

Mr. Jacobs

Classroom Polices


Basic Information (More can be found in the Classroom Policies)

I. Course Description:

This course is designed to meet the writing needs and challenges that high school students have—writing on demand, college entrance essays, academic essays, job applications, résumés, and job related writing skills such as effective business emails, memos, and presentations. This course meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum English 11 requirement.

III. Classroom Goals:

  • The learner will write a variety of academic essays

  • The learner will improve individual reading, writing, speaking,
     observing, listening, and thinking skills

  • The learner will develop business communication skills

  • The learner will improve grammar/mechanics skills

II. Course Content:

This course is writing intensive. Students will read both fiction and non-fiction to inform their own writing.

First Semester: Concentration on non-fiction reading, writing to persuade, and grammar within the context of writing.

Second Semester:   Focus on business communication, fiction reading (short story and novel), and literary analysis.   - Major Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

IV. Guidelines for Success:

Each student is expected to contribute positively to the learning environment of the classroom.  A student who chooses to behave in a way that disturbs the positive learning environment in the classroom can expect a conversation with the teacher about how we can best meet individual needs and encourage personal responsibility for behavior.  Persistent behavior disturbing the learning environment will result in further disciplinary attention. Student participation and consistent, punctual attendance is expected for success.


At a Glance: a summary of important points

Sample of a Typical Comp/Lit Week






Bell work: 5 min

Daily Objectives

Bell work: 5 min

Daily Objectives

Bell work: 5 min

Daily Objectives

Bell work: 10 min

Daily Objectives + Reflection

Bell work: 5 min

Daily Objectives

Silent Sustained Writing (SSW): T4 article of the week

(10 min)

Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)

(5-20 min)

Silent Sustained Writing: Response to article of the week in Writing Notebook


(5-30 min)


(5-20 min)

Concept instruction and practice

Concept instruction and practice

Writing Prompt/Reading Test Prep

Writing Workshop/

Concept Instruction and practice

Exit Ticket/ Reflection

Exit Ticket/ Reflection

Exit Ticket/ Reflection

Completion of weekly objective sheets/ turn in for credit

Exit Ticket/ Reflection

*Papers and Projects will always have Monday due dates





Weighted Grading Categories:

-          Tests and final drafts may be retaken/written for a higher grade.  The timeline for these must be negotiated with your teacher, and tests will be re-administered after school only.


Absent students are expected to arrange an IN-SCHOOL make up on writing prompts, reading passages, quizzes, and tests within one week of the given task.  These will be made up after school in room 1126 PAC.


Absent students are expected to make up At HOME SSR reading and meta-logs, writing notebook entries, and in-class work assigned.  These should be completed within 24 hours upon return, per each day absent, per the student handbook.


*While late work is NOT ACCEPTED regularly, there will be ONE DAY toward the end of each marking period when any missing assignments may be submitted without penalty.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to keep track of missing assignments, get them finished, save them for that ONE special day, turn them in, and pat yourself on the back.  (If you happen to be absent that day…and it will be announced…you may have a friend submit work for you, but under no circumstances will late work be accepted any other day…with the rare exception such as: IEP, prolonged excused absence or hospitalization, robbery/vandalism/natural disaster, etc.)

Supplies the Students
Need for this Class

  • A Composition Book
    (Can be purchased from Teacher for a dollar)

  • Pen and Pencil



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