Contemporary Comp. and American Literature (English 11) (Period 1,6)

Fall 2010
Class will reinforce and expand on composition skills by reading and responding to a variety of texts.  Text materials will focus on American literature and persuasive and expository documents that are of historical importance in the development of the nation.

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Functional Reading

This assignment will help you to do better on the CST and/or CAHSEE. 
  • Read the documents on the pages listed below
  • Answer the set of questions on each page in complete sentences
  • 11th grade, use yellow textbook, pp.
  • 10th grade, use blue textbook, pp.


Autobiography Final Draft

Take the autobiography that you wrote during our first week of school.  Revise according to Mr. Mobley's comments.  Type and turn in October 26, 2010 using the following guidelines:

Font: Times New Roman
Size: 12 pt.
Spacing: Double-spaced

Use the following format at the top of the first page:

First and Last Name
Title of Assignment (Autobiography)
Name of Class (Contemporary Composition)

Title of Your Autobiography in Bold/Centered


Cheating Essay

This assignment will be completed through the MyAccess online writing tool at  Mr. Mobley has distributed user names and passwords.  The first draft is DUE Monday, October 11, with a final draft DUE Monday, October 25, including citations and a works cited page.

Is Cheating Always Wrong?

"I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating." - Sophocles
"'Tis my opinion every man cheats in his own way, and he is only honest who is not discovered." - Susannah Centlivre

Recently, the idea of cheating has gotten much attention in the world of sports, entertainment, and politics.  Many celebrities have been accused of gaining a competitive edge through dishonest means. While cheating has mainly been publicly condemned, there are many that feel there are times when cheating can actually be a way of making things better. They believe there is nothing wrong with making yourself a better athlete, entertainer, or politician if what you have done makes the event more entertaining, or assists the greater good. Do you feel that there are times when cheating is acceptable, or is cheating never justified?

In a detailed essay, articulate your position on whether cheating is always wrong. Use facts and examples to support your position.

As you write, remember your essay will be scored based on how well you:
  • develop a multi-paragraph response to the assigned topic that clearly communicates your thesis to the audience.
  • support your thesis with meaningful reasons and sufficient details.
  • address the readers' concerns, opposing viewpoint, or counterarguments.
  • organize your essay in a clear and logical manner, including an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • use well-structured sentences and language that are appropriate for your audience.
  • edit your work to conform to the conventions of standard American English.
Use any of the tools available to you, such as the Checklist, Spellchecker, or Graphic Organizer.


Vocabulary Presentation

Using the words from the "cheating" texts, create a 4-square poster in your notebook that contains the following information:

(This assignment was modified for time.  No presentation necessary.  Just turn in the poster itself.)

Top Left:
Definition of word
Part of speech
The sentence in which the assigned word appears in the text

Top Right:
Synonyms and Antonyms of the word (use a Thesaurus)
Origin of word (for etymologies, use the dictionary or

Bottom Left:
Your own sentence that correctly uses the word

Bottom Right:
A visual representation (picture) that somehow illustrates the word