This course will provide students with a critical foundation in reading and writing narrative, informational, and argument texts. Students will become more adept readers, thinkers, and writers by studying fiction and nonfiction in a variety of formats.
1. Memoir Unit: Students will study the qualities of memoirs and read several professional and student models. They will then create their own memoirs that demonstrate the skillful use of narrative text structures, capturing the meaning of memory and the reflective nature of the writer. The memoirs are revised and edited through peer discussions and sharing, in order to draw out meaning and clarity.
Students will study the elements of an essay (introduction with thesis, body paragraphs, and concluding statements) that are cohesive, using transitions and precise language in preparation for a literary analysis essay.
4. Informational Reading Unit:
Students will read, study and analyze several pieces of informational text
Students will determine a central idea of a text
Students will determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text
Students will analyze implications made and evaluate textual evidence
Students will analyze two or more texts on the same topic
5. Argument Writing Unit: Students will read and study argument texts, then construct their own claim and argument.
Students will understand the relationship between a claim and evidence.
Students will generate ideas for their own writing, create a claim and search for evidence to support it.
Students will progress through the writing process from a draft, to revision and editing, and finally publication.
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