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Essentials for Reluctant Writers, Semester II

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Kendra Fletcher
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Learn to write with confidence (part two!) Yes, you can learn to write stories that will influence your readers, enrich your life, and prepare you for college and university-level assignments. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
13 lessons//13 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Narrative Writing
In this course intro, we'll consider narrative writing from a variety of literary genres: narrative essays, novels, short stories, comics, plays and musicals, narrative poetry, love stories, fairy tales, reflective essays/memoirs, and mysteries or crime stories. We will be writing in class from the very beginning!
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Week 2
This week, we'll cover seven questions to ask yourself as you begin any narrative
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Week 3
Continuing your narrative and more in-class writing and examples
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Week 4
More great writers and considering themes and motifs
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Week 5
How to have a captive audience through believable narratives
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Week 6
Continuing your long-form narrative or starting anew
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Week 7
Revising the narrative: strategies, formatting, and feedback
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Week 8
Sharing narratives in class. Where do you see your strengths? Weaknesses?
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Week 9
Indirect vs Direct Characterization in fiction
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Week 10
Writing the modern fairy tale, myth, or legend
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Week 11
Writing the short narrative or vignette
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Week 12
Writing the love story (and not necessarily romance)
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Week 13
Writing the crime story and a semester wrap-up!
My goal is to train students to take a close look at their writing so that they are prepared to write well in the future. We will spend time with self-editing checklists and peer review. Reading our writing aloud helps us to learn how to support each other and be cheerleaders of the learning process.

CCSS
W.8.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS
W.8.5
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
CCSS
W.8.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS
W.8.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCSS
W.9-10.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS
W.9-10.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
CCSS
W.9-10.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS
W.9-10.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCSS
W.11-12.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS
W.11-12.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
CCSS
W.11-12.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS
W.11-12.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
I have been teaching English Language Arts for over 20 years. Some of my students have been natural writers who innately understand the process and the "sound" of good writing, while others have struggled to get their great ideas out of their heads and onto paper. I enjoy the process with both and encourage strengths as well as support weaknesses. 
Homework Offered
There will be weekly assignments, from writing full pieces and stories to using an editing checklist to prepare for the next week's class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
We will self-check and review each week.
Grades Offered
Weekly worksheets, assignments, or writing tools are uploaded and provided, and we will discuss the students' work during each session.  Students can use a desktop, laptop, tablet, or good old fashioned pencil/pen and paper. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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What happens when a learner is given the time and space to soak in a story and allow it to change their life? “Aha!” moments are my goal, and it’s why I adore leading worthwhile discussions about classic books. What good is it if we require a teen... 
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$180

for 13 classes
1x per week, 13 weeks
30 min

Completed by 42 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
2-8 learners per class

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