W2: Structure – Support an idea by using overall organizational patterns and genre appropriately and effectively

                Students will be taught the distinctions between academic and creative writing. They will go through which rules should only be used in during creative writing (creating characters, rules for new worlds, poetry, scripts, etc.) and what can translate back and forth between their Language Arts class and any creative work. Different outlines of an essay, short story, poem, or song and how to abide by those structures while still making the writing lively and descriptive will be discussed, viewed, and used as mentor texts. Students will look at various texts (billboards, radio advertisements, commercials, medical pamphlets, etc.) and ascertain why they were created and successful in that form rather than a different manner of presentation.

W3: Content – The quality of ideas, progression, explanation/analysis, and style

               The English Department, with Creative Writing included are making voice and style a focus for this year. Students will learn to ascertain the difference between showing and telling in their writing and the work of others. They will see how the importance of word choice and sentence variety can help them achieve a presence in their own work. They will be consistently challenged to put themselves in the shoes of characters they create or have been made for them to extend their thinking and thought processes. They will make a short comic where the main character is lacking one of the five senses (chosen at random). They will make radio shows and commercials in small groups during class based on prompts they are provided in Language Arts class and shown how to inject life into them. Students will consistently be challenged to pull information and emotions from their own life experiences and shown how to inject their school work with those events.

W4: Citation Method – The correctness of formatting, internal citations, and Works Cited page; the absence of plagiarism.   

                Students will work through several stations lessons to learn about and distinguish between the various forms plagiarism can take place. They will walk through a gallery of sorts showing fashion, art, and text of stolen work. Students will be expected to know the difference between paraphrasing, full citations, genuinely authentic ideas, and plagiarism.

W1: Planning and Research – the quality of brainstorming, researching (both primary and secondary), and outlining Prior to writing

                Students will use various forms of graphic organizers and brainstorming/brain dumping exercises throughout the semester. This will go hand in hand with the W4: Citation Method targets along with the tech target (Technology – Ability to find information online and choose/use appropriate technology platforms correctly, safely, and with purpose to communicate information effectively)

W6: Revision and Evaluation – The quality of revisions and changes in writing over a period; the quality of feedback and assessment of others

                Evaluation & Reflection – Quality of evaluation of one’s own work and others’, and ability to reflect effectively on work to set appropriate goals for future learning

                Every Monday and Wednesday students will have the option of brainstorming something from two prompts (different each day). On Thursdays students will choose which of those from Monday or Wednesday they enjoyed the most and will focus on building them into something bigger over the next couple of days using whichever web, draft, or list they started the day or two prior. The last 10 minutes of Thursdays and the first 10 minutes of Friday are reserved for editing, peer editing, and revision. Students who enjoy presenting will be provided the option to do so and receive feedback from their peers. Everyone must share at least once every 3 weeks.

C1: Quality – The clarity and quality of the information and how it is delivered

                Again, students will be expected to share their work. They will hear/see examples of stories and poems read aloud, listen to infomercials and commercials to note the differences in delivery as well as the presence of the speaker.

C3: Questions and Answers – The ability to follow directions and both form and answer questions showing appropriate knowledge