Why Take This Course?
In 6th grade writing, students learn to feel confident in their ability to express themselves in writing. Students engage in fun daily writing activities that give them a chance to express themselves on interesting and engaging topics, and invite them to use basic writing convention skills that promote clarity. Ultimately, this Middle School Writing course helps students master level-appropriate conventions, develop their own fluid writing style, and build writing stamina all while nurturing a love of learning. Students complete creative writing prompts, spelling quizzes, grammar and punctuation activities, and larger genre projects that build their writing confidence. While the skills mastered are carefully outlined in the course make-up, students will naturally learn through fun, project-based writing activities that require them to apply their new knowledge. Students in this course feel inspired to write and free to express themselves!
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What is Writing?|
Genre Project: "To Me Writing Is... " Collage
|What is Explanatory Writing?|
Genre Project: A New Planet (describing a new planet)
|What is Narrative Writing?|
Genre Project: Children's Book
|What is Research Writing?
Genre Project: Website Article
|What is the power of language and how can I use it through writing?||What is explanatory writing and how is it used in real-world situations?||What is narrative writing and how have I seen it used to enrich my life?||What is research-based writing and how is it used in real-world situations?|
|What does writing mean to me?||How can I use writing to explain a new place, community, and environment based on my imagination?||How can I use narrative writing to tell a story?||How do I research a topic?|
|What are the three writing "Must Do's"?||What is the writing process for explanatory writing and how can I use it to help me?||What is the writing process for narrative writing and how can I use it to help me?||What is the writing process for research-based writing and how can I use it to help me?|
|How can I write to explain what the process of writing means to me?||How can I organize ideas, concepts, and information when writing to explain?||How do I engage my readers through developing characters, employing descriptive details, and organizing a sequence of events?||How can I use writing to express information I have researched?|
|What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?||What words, phrases, and clauses can I use to clarify my explanations?||What transition words, phrases, and clauses can I use to navigate readers through my story?||What words, phrases, and clauses can I use to establish authority with and convey new information to my audience?|
|What new spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills can I incorporate into my writing?||What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?||What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Don and Jenny Killgallon||Grammar for Middle School|
- Recommended Grade: 6th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 2
- Format: Self Paced
- Credits: 0.5
This self-paced course is aimed towards writers who struggle with spelling, punctuation, grammar and organization. Through video instruction and thorough and precise writing feedback on every assignment, students will increase in writing fluency, gain writing confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clearly, cohesively and consistently following grammar writing rules and conventions. Students should plan to write daily (5-days a week) for 15-20 minutes each day to complete the course homework. Daily writing improves writing fluency and confidence and allows for prompt feedback helping students stay motivated and focused and to maximize learning.