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Creative Writing and Newspaper

Subject: 
Writing

Syllabus

Communication

  • Parents can access real-time grades and attendance on the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus by logging on to:https://ic.adams12.org/campus/portal/adams12.jsp Come to the school main office to obtain login information.
  • We will return phone calls and/or emails within 24 – 48 hours.
  • If a student is not performing to his/her ability we will:
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if a student is not demonstrating appropriate progress towards the standard(s).
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if student has unacceptable behavior that is either impeding his/her learning or causing undo disruption to the class.
  • Offer interventions that may include:
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if a student is not demonstrating appropriate progress towards the standard(s).
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if student has unacceptable behavior that is either impeding his/her learning or causing undo disruption to the class.
  • Offer interventions that may include:
  • Study sessions/makeup sessions will take place from 3:45 to 4:15 after school every Monday

Behavior expectations: SEE LIST—HAVE PARENTS SIGN AND RETURN

Tardy Policy—When a student is tardy for class, he/she will be asked to discuss his/her tardy with the teacher. The teacher will review the tardy policy with the student, and warn the student.

  • On the second tardy, the teacher will discuss/review policy, explain further consequences
  • On the third tardy, the teacher will assign a 15 minute detention, and contact the parent.
  • On the fourth tardy, the teacher will assign a 30 minute detention, and contact the parent a second time.
  • On the fifth tardy, the student will be assigned a referall to an administrator and the parent will be contacted by the office.

Grading

This course assesses on common district criteria aligned to state standards. The criteria in this course are as follows:

Standard 3- Writing

The rubric achievement levels are each 1 - 4. I will grade all summative assessments with rubrics. In all courses, the higher the rubric score on a summative assessment, the better the student’s demonstration of knowledge. At the end of the semester and year, I will issue a final trend mark for each criterion.

I will determine the final trend mark by the knowledge the student demonstrates throughout the semester and year in each criterion. As your teacher, I will consider summative assessments, formative assessments, observations, and student circumstances when giving a final trend mark.

Missing assignments for a student that has not completed any work, has not turned in a project, or has not attempted an assessment will become part of the overall demonstration of knowledge that I will consider for a final trend mark. Every student has the right to take a summative assessment once. However, re-takes/re-dos will not be permitted until all classwork has been completed and a study session attended. I will evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Students who complete 95% of classwork will be allowed to re-take/re-do assessments provided that the student attends a help/study session with the teacher. The study session requirements will be an agreement between the teacher and the student. Re-takes/re-dos of assessments must be completed by the end of the next unit. In addition, all make-up work must be completed by the end of the next unit. Students will always receive the highest grade they achieve on a test regardless of the number of times attempted.

Homework Policy

Amount of Homework to expect: will vary but no more than 30 minutes. Homework will focus mostly on research assignments and other assignments that were not completed in class.

Homework is a means for students to practice their learning and therefore will not be utilized when determining a student’s proficiency level. Students will receive feedback on their homework and completion of it will be monitored.

Independent reading, independent writing, or unfinished classwork

Course Description: 6th Grade Creative Writing

In our 6th Grade Creative Writing class, students learn how to express themselves creatively through the composition of personal narratives and other non-fiction texts. In the course of this unit, students will learn many useful skills that will help them throughout their middle school years. First of all, we will learn how to use a process to create a product. In this case, we will use the six steps of the writing process to create a published personal narrative. Students will learn how to use graphic organizers and other techniques in order to generate ideas for their narratives. Next, they will learn how to start their narratives with a powerful hook in order to attract readers. Then they will learn how to organize their narratives using a plot diagram. Students will also learn about imagery, a term that refers to any language that describes an experience captured by the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Writers learn to capture their readers’ attention and create an emotional experience for the reader. The goal is for the writer to create a connection with his or her reader, and make them see what they see, hear what they hear, smell and taste what they smell and taste, and, most importantly, feel what they feel. Additionally, students learn literary terminology unique to the genre of the personal narrative.

In addition, other focuses of the sixth grade Creative Writing class will include a study of the different parts of speech, grammar, the various sentence structures available to writers, and, finally, how to use proper conventions when publishing. Along the way, students will learn to use the creative writing workshop model—receiving and providing feedback and advice from other writers as well as the teacher—in order to improve their final products.

Creative Writing Supply List (The following materials are expected to be in class each and every day)

  • Planner (initial one provided by school)
  • Novel of Choice for independent reading opportunities
  • 1 Composition Book (Provided)
  • Pencils

Course Description: 7th Grade Creative Writing

In our 7 th Grade Creative Writing class, students learn how to express themselves creatively through the composition of poetry. In the course of this unit, students will review many of the useful writing skills they learned last year, as well as learn many useful new skills that will help them throughout their middle school years. First of all, we will review how to use a process to create a product. In this case, we will use the six steps of the writing process to create published poems of different styles and forms. Students will learn how to use quick writes and other prewriting techniques in order to generate ideas for their poetry. Next, students learn literary terminology unique to the genre of poetry. Namely, they will learn about figurative language and imagery, a term that refers to any language that describes an experience captured by the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Writers learn to capture their readers’ attention and create an emotional experience for the reader. The goal is for the writer to create a connection with his or her reader, and make them see what they see, hear what they hear, smell and taste what they smell and taste, and, most importantly, feel what they feel. Also, students will learn about different forms of poetry, including free verse, blank verse, haiku, and syllabic poetry.

In addition, other focuses of the 7th grade Creative Writing class will include a review of the different sentence structures available to writers (learned initially last year), and, finally, how to use proper conventions when publishing. We will also study vocabulary and how to use context clues to define unfamiliar words. Along the way, students will learn to use the creative writing workshop model—receiving and providing feedback and advice from other writers as well as the teacher—in order to improve their final products.

Course Description: 8th Grade Creative Writing

In our 8 th Grade Creative Writing class, students learn how to express themselves creatively through the composition of their own short stories. In the course of this unit, students will review many of the useful writing skills they learned last year, as well as learn many useful new skills that will help them throughout their middle school years. First of all, we will review how to use a process to create a product. In this case, we will use the six steps of the writing process to create published short stories. Students will learn how to use quick writes, graphic organizers, and other prewriting techniques in order to generate ideas for their poetry. Next, students learn literary terminology unique to the genre of the short story. Next, they will learn how to start their short stories with a powerful hook in order to attract readers. Then they will learn how to organize their narratives using a plot diagram. Students will also learn about characterization, everything a writer does to create a character on the page. They will learn how to create a convincing protagonist that readers can cheer for and an antagonist, or a bad guy, that readers can root against. Additionally, students will learn to write dialogue, characters talking to each other on the page, that is convincingly realistic and properly formatted and correctly punctuated. Students will review the use of figurative language and imagery, and learn how to “show” not “tell” when writing theie short stories.

In addition, other focuses of the eighth grade Creative Writing class will include a study of the different word parts, prefixes, suffixes, and root words in order to improve their vocabulary. Finally, they will review grammar, the various sentence structures available to writers, and, finally, how to use proper conventions when publishing. Along the way, students will learn to use the creative writing workshop model—receiving and providing feedback and advice from other writers as well as the teacher—in order to improve their final products.

Course Description: 7 Th And 8 Th Grade Newspaper

In Newspaper class, the course is designed to teach both journalistic writing and an understanding of newspaper stories. The class will learn about news values and what makes an event newsworthy. Students will learn how to recognize and write a summary lead, use the inverted pyramid style of idea organization, and learn about different types of leads. Also, students will learn how to conduct and cite interviews, provide attributions, and use the fact-quote-transition-fact-quote organization strategy. They will also learn about the differences between news articles, feature stories, editorials, and commentaries.

The seventh grade Newspaper class will focus primarily on researching and writing hard news stories concerning events and people in and around Northglenn Middle School. In the eighth grade newspaper class, students will focus primarily on writing feature stories and editorials.

Above all, Newspaper is a writing course and it is expected that students will leave the course with improved writing skills, a better vocabulary, and a better understanding of standard writing conventions and journalistic style.

The class will produce one publication that will capture what is happening on and around the NGMS campus, spotlight members of the school community, and reflect on trends and topics that interest the student body.

Students will consider questions such as: What power does the written word exert? What makes a story newsworthy? What is news? And other such important questions.

Quick Write Rubric

Quick Write Rubric General.docx