8th Grade Contemporary Writing

8th Grade Contemporary Writing (04010844)

Length:  Semester

Format:  Meets 4x a Cycle Period Daily

Description: The 8th grade Contemporary Writing elective will focus on creativity, language, techniques, and traditions of nonfiction, fiction, drama, and poetry in order to develop a facility for both enjoying and contextualizing the variety of literature and nonfiction required of 21st Century Learners. Students will read, discuss and analyze works of established authors, engage in writing intensive exercises that address elements of craft (voice, character, image, scene, setting, etc.), learn revision through the workshop process, and participate in workshop sessions. Students will deeply investigate strategies that authors use to craft their poetry and prose to effectively communicate ideas and engage in real world application of writing beyond the academic setting. By the end of the course, students will present a portfolio of their work.