Ms. Melanie Dubose » Contemporary Composition

Contemporary Composition


Ms. DuBose F202

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Contemporary Composition (11th Grade English Requirement)

Spring 2022 Syllabus

Textbook – Collections 11th Grade


Course Overview

Students will read both nonfiction, literature (fiction, drama, and poetry) and analyze texts citing evidence from the texts. The emphasis is on American writers. The texts range from early American writing to contemporary authors and current writing in journals and newspapers.


Students will write personal narratives, synthesis essays, analytical essays, and original works of fiction, poetry, and drama.


The class uses mastery grading. The 10 standards cited below are used as categories for assignments. Each assignment given is designed to enable the students to show progress in skills and concepts specific to Contemporary Composition as outlined by the California Common Core and LAUSD course descriptors.


Focus Standards:


By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.


Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.



Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.



Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims


Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.




Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation


All assignments are submitted through Schoology.


Grading Policy: All assignments can be resubmitted and there are no penalties for late assignments. However, late assignments must be submitted the week before grades are due.


88-100 (4) =  A  Mastery

76 -87  (3) =  B  Proficient – working toward mastery

66 – 75 (2) = C   Working toward proficiency. Can do the work with assistance

50 – 60 (1) = D   Generally a D is given when only partial credit can be given.

No Credit   =  F   Did not attempt



  • Participate fully
  • Listen actively and respectfully
  • Emphasize the positive in your responses
  • Mask are worn at all times
  • Eating and drinking are done outside of the classroom
  • Students are always present in class the first and last fifteen minutes
  • A pass is required when a student leaves the class for any reason