Writing Workshop: High School Readiness
One three-week session
June 22–July 10
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 7th through rising 9th graders
*This class will take place online*
What to bring: Computer with webcam and microphone capability, WiFi access, notebook, folder, pen or pencil
Students will work on core high school writing skills, including narrative, information, and persuasive writing. Students will produce a narrative piece imitating an author’s style and/or achieving a particular effect, an analytical piece examining an author’s style, and a persuasive piece arguing a position on a current debatable issue while also acknowledging the validity of the counterargument. Individual guidance, a computer lab setting, models, journaling, sentence practice, outlining, pre-writing, guided revision and peer editing enhance the writing process as students learn about writing styles and work on their own voice. Students’ final products include paragraphs, essays and/or multimedia projects.
Also check out Adventures in Creative Writing, Tall Tales, The Writing Process & Grammar 101!
Teacher bio: Elizabeth Keating has been teaching English for 19 years at Walt Whitman High School. She has taught 10th and 12th grades, and is currently a 9th grade teacher and yearbook advisor. She is a self-professed “grammar nerd” and creative writing major who loves teaching an interactive writing workshop that hones students’ narrative, informative, and persuasive writing.
Fun fact: Elizabeth spent a year in England studying literature.