This curriculum contains my daily plan for teaching Dual Enrollment English 101. The curriculum provides reviews, strategies for writing, prewriting activities, editing instruction, example essays, and rubrics. This curriculum starts students with the easier forms of writing, Narrative and Descriptive, which are less restrictive and more familiar, and moves students forward to the more difficult modes of Definition, Classification, Cause and Effect and Argumentation. Definition and Classification essays require students to transition to more independent formal writing, using “set outlines.” Students are also required to demonstrate mastery in editing since deductions for editing increase and students have to select, narrow, and research their own topics instead of using provided topic lists (provided with first two essays). Review of the modes is supplemented with prewriting strategy instruction to help students find a method that works for them. Two editing strategies are also provided to help students learn to edit their own writing grammatically and also improve their writing by adding transitions and varying sentences. The next two essays (Definition and Classification) add the skill of writing formally and include several activities to help students develop their own essays using “set” outlines. The last two essays (Cause and Effect and Argumentation) require students to research a topic and write a short essay in MLA documentation style. The first essay serves as a practice one before the last argumentative essay that is written independently and counts as a final. This curriculum is designed for students to increase their knowledge and skills in writing as they move forward, to become more independent in the writing process, and to demonstrate their growth as a writer.
Narrative Essay Writing Overview, Example Essay, Prewrites, Self-Editing Techniques, Editing Codes for Grading Essays, and Rubric
Descriptive Writing Overview, Outline, Example Essay, Prewrite, Topics, and Rubric
Definition Writing Overview, Formal Writing Do’s and Don'ts, Definition Essay Example Topics and Prewrites for Sports Idioms (Handouts provided) and Slang Terms Topics (links to videos on America’s Secret Slang), and Rubric
Classification Essay Overview, Examples with Topics [Handshakes, Coffee, Candy Bar and Oreo Personality Tests (Slides provided for each), and Types of Students] Prewrites, Rubric
Cause and Effects - Superstition Causes and Effects (Example drafts provided) with MLA in text citation examples and Works Cited Page example
Argumentation Overview, Prewrite, Rubric
Student editing and writing should improve, not stay the same.
To provide meaningful practice, students can prewrite for daily grades using one of the prewrite methods described with narrative writing and/or draft.
Grammar 101 is included after the English 101 curriculum to review grammar skills with students. As students progress through the essay, deductions increase for grammatical errors. Quizzes are included for student practice and self-assessment.