12th Grade Research and Technical Writing

Research and Technical Writing Course Syllabus-

  Teacher Name:Mr. Jon McVey Email: [email protected] or [email protected]   Office Location: A115

Website: Lakewood Faculty Website, and Google Classroom (login instructions provided in class)

Semester at a Glance -

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

College Essay

Employment Communications Resume, Cover letter, email

User Manuals &

Technical Documents, Patterns of Organization


Document Design and use of Tables & Graphic Research Project

Corporate Research and Product Presentation

Grading Scale:

A= 100-90%   B= 89-80%    C= 79-70%   D= 69-60%   F= 59% and below


The gradebook functions on a continuous point-based system, and all assessments are broken into the following two categories:

  • Reading: analysis of texts

  • Writing: demonstration of learning through essays/written word  

  • Speaking/listening: demonstration of learning through presentations or lectures

Late Work/Makeup Work Policy:

All work must be submitted by the assigned due date. Any work not submitted will be marked as missing in the gradebook until it is received. Late work is accepted on the following conditions:

  • Summative assessments, or major assignments such as essays or projects, are accepted at a 10% deduction per school day (not per class meeting day).


  • Please turn in any work missed during an absence as soon as you return to school. Also, it is your responsibility to check your teacher’s website to see what you missed during class and to speak with your teacher upon return.


  • As this is an elected class, I expect the utmost dedication and focus this semester. It is designed for those planning on going into the workplace or to a Junior or Technical college; the rigorous curriculum will reflect that goal. There will be homework and essays that are expected to be completed on a timely schedule.

Class Expectations:

  • Be prepared- Come to class on time, in appropriate clothing, with the required materials and ready to learn. Class will begin with a warm-up and end when I dismiss you.

  • Be present- Once in class, be in class- both physically and mentally. That means you may not leave the class- barring emergencies- or have your phone out. Class is 90 minutes, be there for all of it.

  • Be a listener- Our class is discussion based. Every person in the room is expected to listen, with respect, whenever the speaker is talking. Whether that is me giving a lesson or your classmate sharing an idea, listening with respect is demanded. Put downs, name calling , gossip or any other harmful language will not be tolerated.

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook

  • Folder for handouts, or section within a binder

  • Pens, pencils

  • Highlighters and Post-its are suggested - not required


“The consequences for a student who is found cheating includes: The student(s) will not receive credit for their academic work, parents will be contacted, the student(s) will be referred to an administrator, and suspension may be an option - depending on the severity of the cheating” (LHS Student Handbook).

All written assignments will be submitted through turnitin.com.


My goal is for you to not only succeed in class, but hopefully take away skills and interests that will push you toward success in your future. Go Tigers!

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