Welcome to Ms Twigg's Language Arts PageSeptember 2016 firstname.lastname@example.orgGreetings, as always I come back to school each September with some novel or revival pedagogy. This summer I examined the 6+1 (not 7) Writing Traits. Expect to see students writing, writing, writing. We will examine ideas, organization, voice, conventions, word choice, sentence fluency and finally presntation.After reading Isabel Beck's tenth year edition of Bringing Words to Life, I realized the importance of facilitating to my students the three tiers of language that should be used in writing and speaking. I have painted a tiered word wall in the room for students to continually refer to when both speaking and writing.Once again each student will be required to carry a Language Arts binder.Section 1 will be delineated solely for important forms and strategies that will be usedthroughout the school year, i.e.: syllabus, rubrics, reading/writing strategies, book club strategiesdirections etc.The remaining sections will be for each unit of study/ selection of literature. Within these sectionswill be literary terminology, warm ups, notes specific to the literature, andclass work/ home work assignments.The last section will be for vocabulary/ terminology, each grade will have a specific way to discover,analyze, and acquire new words and terminology.There will be monthly binder checks scored on a rubric to ensure that students are not onlykeeping up with note taking, but to reinforce the organizational skills necessary for optimumlearning.Grading Policy:Tests/Projects = 60 %Classwork/Homework 40%To clarify: *tests, projects, major essays, open ended questions,writing assignments will fall under: Tests/Projects*literature response journals, classwork,most homework assignments will fall under : Classwork/Homework
While the concrete focus is on an analysis and response to literature, there will be an additional focus on the elements of fiction (plot) Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.
Students will be asked to not only identify these elements but to analyze how each contributes to the development of the plot of the selection.
Students will be asked to respond to literature in a number of thought provoking, rigorous ways. Each student has been given a Literature Response Journal in addition to their class binders. These journals will be traveling back and forth to school and one will see a range of responses: double entry journals, open ended questions, active reading strategies, and student's choice.