The Writer’s Climb course is designed for students entering Grades 7 to 8. In this course, evolving writers develop the rhetorical skills and vocabulary necessary for clear and purposeful writing. Students will plan, draft and revise persuasive and scientific writing. Additionally, students will review the building blocks of language, including parts of speech, types of phrases, and types of clauses, in order to construct strong foundations for effective prose.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS
Every class lesson will differ, but at every meeting students will engage in the following activities:
- Complete a warm-up activity that activates prior knowledge and reviews key grammatical concepts or vocabulary.
- Engage with an interactive mini lesson focused on relevant planning, outlining, drafting, or revising skills.
- Review and practice grammar concepts by identifying parts of speech and diagramming simple sentences.
- Learn and review academic vocabulary, including Greek and Latin roots.
Students will have the opportunity to plan, outline, draft and revise during class time, and therefore receive real-time informal feedback either orally or through Google Docs. Students will submit two writing assignments for formal review. These final drafts will receive detailed, formal feedback from the teacher. Students will also use rubrics to peer edit student work in addition to self-critiquing their own.
Students will take a pre and post test, which includes both selected response items and written response items, to assess their growth in the following areas:
- Recognition of parts of speech
- Ability to identify phrases and clauses Identifying complete vs. incomplete sentences
- Knowledge of academic vocabulary
- Organizational skills (in writing)
- Developing and supporting claims