THINKING AND WRITING

Thinking and Writing is a course of study designed to help students develop their skills in academic writing. Students review the basics of sentence and paragraph structure while also learning about the writing process. This course builds a strong foundation in writing and moves students toward a deeper understanding of authorship and the writing process. Writing instruction is provided in personal writing, analytical writing, literary analysis, the research process, the research paper, and revision.

Word processing tools and assistive technologies are incorporated throughout the course. Students use on-line literacy tools to import their written work where they receive immediate, detailed feedback on grammar, spelling, sentence structure and development. After making the necessary revisions, students resubmit their work into the program to witness the progress they made on their essays.  After crafting final drafts, students share their work and evaluate the essays written by their peers.

Thinking and Writing courses are a year-long course requirement for all new students.


Thinking and Writing 9

  • 1 credit

This year-long foundation course to academic writing aims to introduce freshmen to principles and strategies of effective written expression in academic contexts, with focus on paragraph development and essay structure. Interactive instruction guides students through the writing process, which requires critical thinking and decision-making in the use of evidence, in-text citations, and effective writing modes. Through differentiated teaching and assistive technology, students build strong grammar foundation, learn strategies to compose structured multi-paragraph essays to support thesis statements for varied purposes, utilize technology to plan, draft, revise, edit, and share texts, while accurately documenting and citing in MLA formatting. Guided by assessment rubrics aligned with national standards, a student’s writing samples, including drafts and revisions, are compiled in a portfolio for the purpose of tracking progress and practicing reflective learning throughout the year.


Thinking and Writing 10

  • 1 credit

This year-long intensive academic writing course, required for new sophomores, aims to reinforce effective writing habits and fundamental composition skills for academic purposes, with focus on exploring literate practices across a range of academic domains and developing research writing skills that involves finding, evaluating and referring to relevant information. The course places equal emphasis on macro-level composition skills, such as paragraph development, essay structure, coherence, style, as well as micro-level skills, such as sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and formatting. Through differentiated instruction, students receive feedback on writing, learn strategies for approaching common writing modes, engage in critical inquiry of non-fiction analysis, follow the standard writing process, and observe language conventions and MLA formatting. Guided by assessment rubrics aligned with national standards, a student’s writing samples, including drafts and revisions, are compiled in a portfolio for the purpose of tracking progress and practicing reflective learning throughout the year.


Thinking and Writing 11

  • 1 credit

This year-long high level writing course, required for new juniors, is designed to expand students’ repertoire of academic writing skills, including personal narrative of a college application essay, and to foster independence in evidence-based and purpose-driven written expression by expressively varying sentence structures, consciously employing substantive revision, and thoroughly interpreting subject-specific written assignments, with focus on developing language techniques that are concise, coherent, and logical. Through extensive writing practice and feedback-oriented instruction, students learn how to structure information effectively, to link ideas and arguments smoothly, to analyze and respond to information rigorously, and to evaluate their own work critically. In preparation for further writing development in college, students utilize online resources to practice grammar and language skills for standardized testing while stressing key constituents in common writing modes and following MLA formatting. Guided by assessment rubrics aligned with national standards, a student’s writing samples, including drafts and revisions, are compiled in a portfolio for the purpose of tracking progress and practicing reflective learning throughout the year.


Academic Writing

  • Semester 1
  • Prerequisite: Thinking and Writing
  • Grade 10, 11, 12, PG
  • .5 credit

This semester elective for returning students and PGs aims to reinforce effective writing skills and helpful tips for analytical and technical essay writing as well as to scaffold cross-curriculum writing support for academic subjects. The primary vehicles for learning in this class include the writing tasks assigned by content teachers. Through feedback-based individual coaching, students are guided to apply the writing strategies taught in a Thinking and Writing class, to build discipline-specific vocabulary, to resolve individual issues in the standard writing process, and to exercise independence and foster confidence in managing writing tasks. Through interactive instruction and guided individual practice, students learn to apply helpful tips to approaching common academic writing modes and to demonstrate proficiency through assessments aligned with national standards.


Research Writing

  • Semester 2
  • Prerequisite: Thinking and Writing
  • Grade 10, 11, 12, PG
  • .5 credit

This semester elective for returning students and PGs aims to provide detailed instruction on managing the steps of writing a research paper as well creating effective presentations through capstone research projects. The process encompasses selecting an appropriate research topic, planning a detailed outline, finding source material, synthesizing information through organized notes, maintaining appropriate academic tone and language, and documenting sources. The primary vehicles for learning in this class include the research assigned by content teachers. Through interactive instruction and guided individual practice, students learn to apply helpful tips to approaching research writing and to demonstrate proficiency through assessments aligned with national standards.


Applied Writing

  • Semester 2
  • Prerequisite: Thinking and Writing
  • Grade 12, PG
  • .5 credit

This semester elective for seniors and PGs is a practical project-centered course that aims to provide explicit instruction on examining individual writing processes and developing effective written communication beyond academic domains, with special emphasis on clarity, word precision, sentence concision, and audience. Students will learn to apply writing skills to real-life tasks in appropriate formatting, such as building resumes, crafting personal or professional statements, conducting formal correspondence, and writing applications for internships and scholarships. For assessment, students will assemble a career portfolio that contains their written work as a candidate of their chosen field.  

 

Forman School
12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone: 860.567.8712
Fax: 860.567.8317

 

Forman School is a coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently.

 

 

 

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