Course Overview

An English elective for upper level ESL students and any student who needs additional experience and support in academic writing, sentence development and creative non-fiction.

Instructor: Demetri Rosette
Classroom: Carriage House 1

Class Standards


Daily Homework:


HW = vocab definitions and sentences

- look up the following vocab words and write down your own definition to have a better understanding of the word
- write a sentence using each word

-debatable -credible -specific -debate -confess
-argumentative -relevant -clarify -arguably
-issue -moral/morality -claim -discourage
-evidence -logical -refute -encourage
-counter argument/point -ethical -concede -assertion

Letter for week # 1
due 4/3

Topic: What have you ever argued for?
- did you win the argument?
- were you prepared for it?

Writer's Autobiography
Type 2 Assingments for Fall
paper formatting information for typed essays

from Seven Sentence Building Activities to Develop Advanced Writers by Jerry Morris
Templates for sentence building: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex

example sentences from "Shame"

Simile Study for extra practice

Personification study for extra practice


False Verbs aka Verbals

Narrative vs Informational example

Genres of Writing - Narrative, Informational & More

Readings for Narrative Units
Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan
Two Kinds by Amy Tan
Shame by Dick Gregory
Lost and Found by Anon
Collected Narratives @ Teen Ink
Collected Narratives from Brunswick High
Graduation by Maya Angelou PDF

Readings for Informational mini-unit
Description - Favorite Place (sensory detail)
Description - Shadow Fort (simile & personification)
Descriptive - Hickory Chips (simile & personification)

Definition - Friendship (metaphor)

Exam Review - Fall
Sentence Structures 1-4
Sample Student Narratives - type 5
Daily Homework: week 11 typed draft of descriptive essay for Thursday with a focus on content such as sensory detail, strong verbs and nouns, personifications and simile+++
0: light week so far+++read and do double entry for information essay shadow fort+++DENs for essay Hickory Chips
9: read selected narrative and complete 4 DENs entries to collect narrative elements and language+++
7: per-read vocab "Lost and Found" +++read Lost and Found and do 3 double entry notes with NPR+++compose 1 page narration for family, school OR room.
6: read first three paragraphs of Shame by Dick Gregory and define three words+++page 2 vocab looking for quotes +++finish reading Shame and 4 quotes for double entry notes+++1 page narrative from your weekend in your dialogue journal
5: Page 3 of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" with 2 double entry notes/quotes+++narrate an event from your weekend in your dialogue journal-1 page+++
4: pre-read vocabulary for Tan's Two Kinds +++ read through page 2 and. Have two double entry notes on language (2 quotes) +++ wo Kinds pg 3 two double entry +++narrative paragraph type 3 writing (see link below)
3:Actively read Amy Tan essay +++ finish full page of double entry notes on Amy Tan essay +++
2: write 3 actions a writer would take in writing class to demonstrate, or show, your word (curiosity, courage, humility, integrtiy) +++ prepare for Type 2 Quiz on our classgoals and standards +++ survey essay collection and analyze 5-7 stories to identify topics +++
1 - autobiography and again to answer teacher questions

1. ID four sentence structures - online quiz To Do as a quick start Summary of four sentence structures To Read as a resource

2. Creating Complex & Compound/Complex Sentences - worksheets - complete this packet to turn in for the exam...entry ticket. Printable PDF.

3. Identify the elements and vocabulary of Narrative, Informational & Argument writing...can you do it? Can you create a complete list for each? Visit the Vocabulary Blackboard in class to check your lists.
4. Final Type 3 Written Assignment: pre-writing in class in the days leading up to exam (below); compose in exam.
Follow the prewriting procedures on the second side of the page. Important artifacts for you to look at: your writing portfolio, our wiki page, and the vocabulary blackboard.

Daily Homework : Week _9: final draft of argument due Tuesday...first round FCAs
8: outline draft one argument
7: revise Children and Discipline essay into 'fat outline' with a real claim+++type 3 sentence cmpd/cmplx+++another sentence
6: draft 'fat outline' of argument in dialogue journal+++
transitional words & phrases worksheet #1+++
2: read essay "part time job" look for three legged stool and piñata+++complete type 3 google doc ..."fat outline" for Monday
1: revise winter final exam+++a page on an argument prompt+++

Essays by Writers about Writing:
Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue"
NYT Essay on Short Sentences
Mrs. Truluck's 5 Tips for Writers
Stephen King's 7 Tips for Writers
NYT Essays on Writing by Writers

Commonly Used Resources

Google -- Drive & Google Docs used for all 'published' writing

Type 2 assignments

Type 3 / 4 Writing Assignments

5 Types of Writing & Hyde School Elements of Writing

English-English Dictionary for ELLs

Online Writing Lab @ Purdue & OWL Exercises

Good Readers DO

Suggested Apps ...


Daily Effort Rubric being revised
Elements of Writing for Assessment / FCAs

writing quote.jpg


Arguing for your Truth in Words CONTENT Dialogue Journal Prompts - Argument Prompts

NYT OpEd Who is #1?
10 % Summary A tool for analyzing and summarizing arguments

Part-time Job - Yes & No. Mrs. Truluck says, "don't do this!"
TV or no TV
EXAMPLE double entry view of argument
Faceless Teacher
Argument Essays - many choices, some better than others
NewYork Times - the Ethicist A collection of arguments

10 % Summary A tool for analyzing and summarizing arguments

overview of writing argument
Argument Formatting

Purdue Online Lab overview of argument
ESL Writer's Workshop for Argument

Transitional Words and Phrases - a complete list
Transitional Phrases - worksheet
Tansitions exercises

Sentence Types in Action - spring warm-up

Dependent Clauses & sentence variety - Perdue Online Writing Lab info

Review of sentence structure & other sentence related grammar issues

Rubric for Evaluating Argument


from Seven Sentence Building Activities to Develop Advanced Writers by Jerry Morris
Templates for sentence building: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex

subordinating conjuctions for dependent clauses: when, as, since, while, though, if, although,
because, after, once

Introductory phrases & clauses slideshow
phrases and clauses... a good & basic explanation
Worksheet & more explanation
OWL on punctuating introductory clauses & phrases

False Verbs aka Verbals
Presentation on Verbals
OWL - the last word on verbals
Verbals practice test. Homework link for week 2

practice examples

Sentence Combining - the art of improving the sentence
Sentence Combining Worksheets

Readings for Informational mini-unit
Narrative vs Informational example
Genres of Writing - Narrative, Informational & More
Description - Favorite Place (sensory detail)
Description - Shadow Fort (simile & personification)
Descriptive - Hickory Chips (simile & personification)

Topic Ideas for Informational Writing
More Informational Writing
Definition - Friendship (metaphor)
Definition - Success
Definition - Happiness
Tips on How to Write a Definition Essay

Classification Essay - Types of Shoppers
Classification - Types of Florida Tourists
Classification - types of computers

Compare / Contrast Essay - Soccer
Compare / Contrast - Happiness
Compare / Contrast Essay - Multiple Examples
Compare / Contrast Essay - ESL examples

one way the other way

Exam Review sheet
Images for Exam Writing
11 review week: Major Goal = REvise 1 of your Informational essays from the winter term. Create a type 4 essay. Also, practice Analyzing Essay Strucutre / Language as well as Combining Sentences. Read 1 essay & do 1 set of sentences each day in class and/or as homework.
10: homonym worksheet+++type 2 paragraph practicing all sentence structures (see type 2 in commonly used)
9: due Friday two page informational essay either c/c or class. see type 3/4 link for FCAs+++
8: catch-up...revise definition essay by Wednesday, read both essays, and NEW visual outline of a topic/problem+++finish reading and graphic organizer outlining+++
7: typed draft of definition essay+++pre-read vocabulary and read two essays: classification Types of Shoppers and compare/contrast Soccer+++
6: type 3 complex sentence for your definite on essay+++type 3 Definition essay due Monday 1/27 FCAs in wiki link+++
5: preread vocabulary AND read Definition essay titled Success to analyze elements of writing+++type 3 complex sentence
4: preread and define vocabulary for Definition essay "Frienship"+++ 1 pg Dialogue Journal to practice Definition Essay (long Type 1)
2 online verbals quiz first 5 +++work on revising 3 page essay due next week+++Study Verbals using online quiz+++
1 -- reflect on and respond to grade slip+++compare/contrast teacher's essay analysis and student in class analysis+++

Mini-Unit Goal - 3 page narrative essay with stong elements of descriptive writing (always can work on this). AND prepare for test on verbals.

Elements of Writing

Ideas & Content

brainstorm with type 1 writing to generate ideas
thesis or claim that make an original & arguable assertion
support, details, or evidence in the form of sensory detail, real events, well chosen quotes (but never conjecture)

Organization & Structure

There are three (3) major genres of academic writing: Narrative, Informational, Argument. Within each of these are sub-genres you will hear teachers talk about. Each has its own norms and guidelines for structures and organization. Here is a list that can help you make sense of the language of writing.

Narrative: memoir, college essay, story, fiction, non-fiction, novel, short story, etc.

Informational: exposition, compare/contrast, process analysis, descriptive, explanation, research paper, personal response, summary, essay, news report, book review, articles in subject areas

Argument: literary analysis, persuasive, researched argument, editorial, editorial cartoon,

SAT timed Writing Prompts

Sentence Grammar & Fluency

Simple Sentence Template

Sentence Structure workshops on OWL

Word Choice & Vocabulary

recommended online dictionary Merriam Webster Learner's Dictionary

Vocabulary Notebook - System to Study Words


Punctuation, Spelling, and Capitalization workshops on OWL

Old Material

Final Exam Unit: Revision & Review Revision: Book Review
revise for content. Edit for conventions such as book title (capital letters and italics), verb tense (present). Classification OR Comp/Cont Exposition
revise ONE of the two essays in Google Docs. See assignment in Homework below.
Review: Vocabulary Spring Exam is cummulative = all vocab from entire year. Test will be matching, sorting and using. Look at all old vocab lists and tests. Reading & Writing is cummulative = all writing types for all year. Test will ask you to read and analyze. ID distinguishing features for all types. Dialogue Journal = write final entry. See assignment description below.

Homework: LAST WEEK ASSIGNMENT: revise one expository essay to create excellent work. Due in Google Docs last day of class. Teacher's revision notes are in your essays in Google Docs - and both essays are together under the Compare / Contrast document. If you only have one essay there, then teacher's revision notes are on the hard copy that teacher will give back to you.
5/13 - 5/17: write a book Review in Google Docs document. Due Thursday. Send to Will submit to a web site.
Ongoing homework - Dialogue Journal -Due MONDAY for ALL classes - Periods 3 & 5 It is time for your LAST dialogue journal. Write a PERSONAL LETTER to your next English teacher. TWO PAGES or more!!
- Write a descriptive plot summary of this year's ESL 2 curriculum - lessons and learning (look over the wiki if you need help).List some of the specific reading or writing lessons that you have valued - grammar, vocabulary, genres of reading & writing, conversation, cultural learning, etc. - Then write a paragraph on your strengths and weaknesses as a student in this class with supporting evidence.What are your highlights - when did you see your best learning, attitudes, and success? What are your low-lights - when did you see your worst learning, attitudes, and success? - Then write a description of your favorite lesson or unit. - Finally, write a few words of advice for teacher (me) and next year's students. Write about me in 3rd person - "Mrs. Truluck could have done differently. I wish she had...."

READ, READ, READ in English - newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, comic books, online news, your roommate's essays, accessible books

Course Description
Students in Advanced Literacy have demonstrated knowledge of and skill in the fundamentals of the English language. Advanced Literacy students will work to increase their comfort with the academic forms of English that they will continue to meet in their American educational experience. Essential Questions: What am I capable of in English? How do I discover what I am capable of in English?
Course Goals
In preparation for life, we develop readers, writers, speakers and problem solvers through the cultivation of… Comprehension: Practice and improve the base skills of reading literature, news and academic text: speed & fluency, academic vocabulary, and background knowledge. Develop strategic reading, listening and viewing habits. Critical Thinking: Develop questioning, reasoning, defending, and summarizing skills… What > So What Collaboration: Utilize peers in reading & writing process to improve comprehension and written communication. Be an active part of a learning community in which peers challenge and support. Creativity: Solve problems and identify fresh solutions Communication: Improve Content development, Organization of ideas, Sentence fluency, Word choice and Convention use. Write, read and speak in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. Address most common writing errors as well as student specific writing needs.
Course Requirements
Materials Dialogue Journal (provided by instructor) Binder w/paper, pens, pencils Book marked sites FYI as suggested by instructor:
Evaluations of Achievement Writing Process and final rubric Reading quizzes Performance based projects Unit tests
Evaluations of Effort Class participation & peer collaboration Homework completion - entries in Dialogue & Vocabulary Journals Willingness to take risks
Unit Plans
1. Assessment - double entry, summary, narrative, reading comp test 2. Graphic Novels - self-selected reading and story analysis 3. Narrative Reading 4. Narrative Writing - intereseting detail, parallel sentence structure, use of dialogue 5. Editorials - building cultural background knowledge & analysis of images 6. Review - grammar, vocabulary, and skills of Units 1-5 7. Argument Writing - dependent clauses, analogies, homonyms 8. Review & Revision - Narration & Argument 9. Informational Writing - news reporting, exposition (classification, compare/contrast, cause/effect) review, notes & letters

Spring - Informational
chewing gum pollution
North Korea News Item
drone strikes

Exposition & the Related Graphic Organizers graphic organizers

Compare / Contrast

Reveiws for Long Way Gone some examples of varying correctness another example of review
Notes & Letters
Winter - argument
Editorial Cartoons & Analysis &Building Background Knowledge social symbol see cartoon at right ----
political symbols economic / political cartoon uncle samglobal economic / political Chinal political / economic caricature domestic / economic / Christmas ---- domestic luck symbols domestic lucky symbols domestic / economic cartoons ---- religious symbols religious cartoon religious / social cartoon global / religious ---- more domestic symbols domestic / environmental cartoon global / environmental cartoon ---- domestic / social symbol ---- domestic / education symbols Cagle Cartoon Collection resourcel social economicWest African editorialistChinese editorialist social adolescenceglobal cartoon Go Comics political caricature global economic China cartoons for the classroom
Spring Family Weekend Editorial Cartoons
social symbol
SFW religious and political identifying symbols - really good one
SFW - political / domestic. Pro or Con?
SFW - global and domestic issue Compare & Contrast with global and domestic
Written Argument Example Argument Essays

Fall - narration
General - Narrative writing: memoir, graphic, historic, children's Final reading for Juniors & Seniors - self selected narrative memoir by famous American authors Final reading for Freshmen & Sophomores - Dracula by Bram Stoker (condensed fiction from Timeless Classics version) & Vicious: a wicked history of Vlad the Impaler

Class Notes 10-1-12 reading Historic Fiction for character - setting - conflict CODING TEXT sample of reading and coding.JPG

Grammar Warm-up: sentence correction

whyWhy use Dialogue Journals in ESL & in case you need more info ---- ===Spring - Informational=== News report examples Gum Chewing is a Global Problem Tips on How to Write a News Report graphic organizers for news reports
Classification - exposition example - types of breakfast food brainstorming web
Compare / Contrast - exposition compare literature
structure options
short exercise in c/c ESL Flow structure & student samples middle school example c/c graphic organizer venn diagram generator brainstorming example essay topic ideas
How to Write a Review some thoughts and tips Scholastic examples & tips
Submit book review to

Personal notes
Grammar Review parallel worksheet
Winter - Argument
The Truth in Pictures: Analyse & Illustrate a. b. Create an editorial cartoon that focuses on some social or political issue in your life at school or in your home country. c. for Evaluation of you editorial cartoon

===Fall - Narration===Units 1 - 3 Summary : somebody-wanted-but-so-then or first-then-after-finally Units 4- 6 Narrative lesson day 1 - rehersal of narrative paragraph pre-writing and brainstorming ideas narrative paragraph samples + and -
Narrative Rubric
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For revision, edit, and publication Google Docs Narrative Antholgy - period 3 Google Docs Narrative Anthology - period 5 === === ----

Remember - using your translator will NOT help you develop your English language skills as much as using an English-English dictionary will. Building language is the goal of Word Work.
Wiki Dictionary A useful tool because it identifies words in the Academic & General Service lists Academic Word List online Oxford

Analogy Worksheets for practice Homonym practice ---- = = =Review Materials= resource ESL Flow - Academic Writing Genres with resources
Fall Fall EXAM REVIEW Parallel Structure revision Parallelism explained Fall EXAM REVIEW Dialogue Conventions Fall EXAM REVIEW What are the qualities of a good narrative? Both fictional narratives and narrative memoirs share some simple qualities. To be a narrative at all, the story must have strong Characters, Setting and Conflict. To be a good narrative, the author uses sensory details and dialogue to push the story deeper and focus on a short period of time.
Winter Winter Exam Review: Vocabulary of editorial & argument - matching test Visual Symbols - what do they mean? Analysis of Visual Argument - editorial cartoon try this one and this one one more skull and cross bones Sandy Hook response Analysis of Written Argument - using double entry form written argument Quick Write - brainstorm, organize & write a quick argument Fun with Analogies