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Course Curriculum for Elementary School students

Introduction

The Student Enrichment Writing Program at the Student Academy of Knowledge was established to enable the students to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate, and in which the student can write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. The program was developed to supplement the student’s writing program at his or her school and to support the student’s writing efforts in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Goals

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Course Content

Through modeling and guided writing practice, students develop their writing skills in the following areas:

  • Narratives: Writing that tells a story or recounts an event.
  • Responses to Literature: Writing which reacts to the action, characters, plot, philosophy, or other elements of a piece of literature.
  • Reports: Writing that results from gathering, investigating, and organizing facts and thoughts on a topic.
  • Procedures: Writing that explains a process or informs an audience about how to do something.
  • Personal Essays: Writing in which an author explores and shares the meaning of a personal experience.
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling skills are embedded in the writing development curriculum.

    Skills Development

    1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
      • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
      • Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
      • Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently,specifically)
      • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
    2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
      • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
      • Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
      • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
      • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
    3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
      • Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
      • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
      • Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
      • Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
      • Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

    Course Material and Resources:

  • Students may use online resources as directed by the teacher.
  • Students will use a notebook as a writing journal.
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