This live online writing class for middle school students uses high interest assignments to show students how to increase their confidence and skill. This class is based on Debra Bell’s curriculum Writers In Residence, vol. 2 Journeyman. This class will serve as a writer’s community with instruction and feedback on each stage of the writing process. This class equips students to grow further in their process of becoming authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers. The students will write a research paper, an argumentative paper, poetry, and create their own short stories.
Assignments for the week are posted each Monday on our course page, with weekly homework given. Students should plan on spending approximately 45 minutes per day on homework.
Who should enroll?
Students who have written— and are becoming comfortable with— the basic essay should enroll in this class. Those who want to focus on the art of writing well, who want to become a critical reader, and who want to study the craft of expert writers are welcome. A student who is willing to do some risk-taking and experimentation in writing to discover one’s God given voice should enroll.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities for viewing recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will receive specific feedback on their work by each Monday before class. While students will not receive letter grades for every assignment, each weekly assignment is marked as complete or incomplete, and a numbered score provided on the reviewer’s rubric for each final draft of projects. I will provide specific instruction and guidance, as well as give targeted feedback on each stage of the writing assignments, utilizing the rubrics in the course text, and ensuring each student’s work is completed to mastery for their individual skill level. The end result will be a strong writing portfolio containing diverse writing projects.
I will give a confirmation for registration with parents and provide a welcome email. Parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I respond to parents via email or Canvas.