Our Intermediate Writing course is for students who are ready to move into multi-paragraph essay writing. At this level, students will be exposed to more complex literature. As in all Writing with Kris classes, students will learn how to look for key literary concepts, discuss what they have read, and apply what they have learned in their individual writing assignments.
Course Instruction Includes:
An in-depth look at a classic novel
Students will begin to explore more complex and challenging novels. The complexity may appear in the author’s writing style through vocabulary or literary devices, or it may appear in the themes and characters that are developed in the novel. Either way, the critical thinking aspect of the class will at times be appropriate for more mature students, as opposed to very young children. Students will begin working together in small group on class assignments/projects as they explore the pros and cons of collaboration.
Literary Analysis through novel annotation
Students will continue to identify key literary elements as they annotate thoroughly. Their literary analysis assignments will help develop additional study skills such as summarizing and charting key quotes throughout the novel. Students will maintain an organized notebook of literary components of the book they as they study.
Literary Analysis through literary terms
Intermediate students will not only review literary terms and elements taught at the previous levels, they will be expected to show mastery of these terms through periodic evaluations.
Literary Analysis through writing
At this level students will continue using specific examples from the novel to provide support for their writing topics. They will begin writing multi-paragraph essays using the four-step writing process that is taught in previous classes, and they will continue working towards mastery of creating quality sentences by incorporating stylistic elements as they compose their essays.
Focused writing instruction
In the Intermediate class, students begin learning how to develop a multi-paragraph essay. The emphasis continues to be on quality versus quantity. Instruction will include:
Continuing to practice the WWK writing steps and strategies: brainstorm, outline, rough draft, final draft
Developing multi-paragraph essays by developing three body paragraphs
Mastering a thesis and transitional sentence
Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
Explaining examples with insightful commentary
Improving sentence structure through mastery of stylistic elements
A creative enrichment project
Since we have the benefit of studying one book for 12 weeks, we are able to create a unit study based on the book. This means that students “experience” the book”; they don’t simply “read” it. Throughout the course of the class, approximately 3-4 weeks will be spent exploring various subjects related to the book. During the final class session, students will have the opportunity to present either a creative writing project or a research paper on a topic related to the novel. The project includes three components: a written composition, an oral presentation, and a visual aid. Students, parents, and family members are welcomed members of the audience for this final presentation.
Necessary skills for students in the Intermediate Writing class:
Able to read more complex novels with challenging vocabulary and slightly mature content
Has become comfortable with annotating novel
Has a degree of mastery writing an expanded paragraph (understands how to write “chunks”)
Familiar with literary analysis writing and weaving quotes from novel into composition
Shows evidence of time management skills
Able to complete 3-4 hours of homework weekly
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