The Writer’s Summit course is designed for students entering Grades 7 to 9. In this course, practiced writers refine the rhetorical skills and expand the vocabulary necessary for successful and purposeful writing. Students will practice and revise research reviews and personal narratives. Additionally, students will review the building blocks of language, including parts of speech, clauses, and sentence structure, in order to reinforce 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 and diagramming simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentences.
- Learn and review academic vocabulary, including Greek and Latin roots.
Students should expect to spend 60 minutes on independent work each week. Throughout the 2 weeks, students work on two major writing projects, doing most of the revising in class. It is crucial that students keep up with this work and come prepared for class each day. Students will also have a weekly sentence diagramming problem set—doing this work independently frees up class time for answering specific questions and offering feedback. Students will also be assigned multiple vocabulary exercises each week, which they will complete.
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 to assess their growth in the following areas:
- Recognition of parts of speech
- Ability to identify phrases and clauses
- Knowledge of academic vocabulary
- Organizational skills (in writing)
- Sentence Structure
- Developing and supporting claims
- Citing evidence