Ms. Gokturk


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Advanced Composition

Course Description


Advanced Composition is a course which stresses improving your essay writing skills. You will read fiction and non-fiction, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, your peers’ essays, and anything else we can find to inspire. This course is about you. You will write about you, your experiences, people you love and hate, your views on the readings, your opinions of the world, and you will pursue your own interests for research. You are the main subject!


Required Readings

Models for Writers assigned readings

Albert Camus’ The Stranger (novel) and The Misunderstanding (play)

Israel Horovitz’ Line (play)

The Matrix and / or Stranger Than Fiction (films)

Outside Reading


What is Expected?

·         Thoughtful Discussion & Positive Energy in the Class

·         A Commitment to the Writing Process During All Stages

·         Thoughtful Written Responses

·         Many Types of Interesting Essays -- Personal Narrative, Biography, Argument, Multi-Genre, Research, Process, Outside reading Portfolio, etc. (Yes, you will end up with some college essays!)

·         Solid Peer Editing

·         Final End of the Semester Portfolio [all work revised]


Course Units

1.      Personal Narrative / Memoir: Significant Moment Essay*[1]

2.      Biography: Person of Influence Essay*

3.      Outside Reading

4.      Literature: The Stranger, The Misunderstanding, Line, The Matrix

5.      Literary Analysis: The Multi-Genre Essay / Existentialism

6.      Process Analysis: The How To Essay*

7.      Argument & Persuasion: Editorials and Op-Eds*

8.      Personal Research Essay & Photo Story Presentation

9.      Portfolio: Make a beautiful house for all your work!

10.  Regents Review (Juniors) / Memoir Writing (Seniors)




The Common Application College Essay Prompts


Personal Statement

This personal statement helps us become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. We are looking for an essay that will help us know you better as a student and a person. Please write an essay (250-500 words) on a topic of your choice or one of the options listed below.


  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. [significant moment/personal narrative essay]
  2. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. [biography essay]
  3. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. [argument essay, cause and effect essay]
  4. Describe a character in fiction, an historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. [definition essay, biography essay, research essay]
  5. Topic of your choice. [process analysis?]




* Great College Essay candidate