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 the Pearson Educator’s Write to Learn on-line literacy tool to import many of their essays where they receive immediate, detailed feedback on grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and repetition. 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
- Grade 9
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
- Grade 10
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
- Grade 11
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.
- .5 credit
- Students must have taken a prior Thinking and Writing class.
- PG students are required take this course
This semester-long course, an elective for returning students and a requirement for PGs, aims to provide scaffolded cross-curriculum writing support for academic subjects as well as to meet student-centered writing needs in the areas of note-taking, applications, personal statements, supplemental writing, and formal correspondence. The primary vehicle for learning in this class is 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. The assessment policy centers on a checklist of student productivity in task completion and grammar practices on a pass or fail basis.