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Writing Workshop - Poetry Camp

Phyllis Bixler - Just Help Me Learn, LLC
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(336)
During this summer writing workshop students will become confident with writing poetry, publish their work, and present it too!

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning

Range of Writing:
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.

Comprehension and Collaboration:
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.

Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
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. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 7 here.)
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
The teacher teaching this class has decades of experience teaching English Language Arts to students of various ages from middle school into college. 
Homework Offered
Students will write, revise and edit their work outside of class, and in the final week prepare poetry to be posted to the class blog and presented, Class preparation time will be approximately 2- 4 hours a week on average.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learner progress is assessed informally by completing assignments and sharing each week, participating in writing workshops, and providing constructive feedback to others. Formal progress is assessed by learner completion of published work, and final week poetry presentations.
Grades Offered
Kwame Alexander's Free Write: A Poetry Notebook  - approximately $12 US
This book will be used as a supplement and practice for students outside of class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Poetry by nature can be personal, thus some students may share personal life experiences through their work in class.  Any topics that raise concern about safety will be promptly addressed with a referral to Outschool's Safety and Security Team. 

Third party sources will be used for publishing student work.  While the teacher and admin will do the uploading, students will need to access the third party site to share their published work with family and friends. We plan to use FREE third party sources which are commonly used in education, but a family, parent or student account may be necessary for full participation in the class. 
Weebly for Education, Google, The Write Thing Writing Workshop by Kwame Alexander
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(336)
Just Help Me Learn empower and educates learners from around the globe with a focus on English literature, writing and grammar, study skills and history.  However the variety of classes will grow as our organization evolves, with the intention to... 
Group Class


for 9 classes
3x per week, 3 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
4-10 learners per class

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