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Mr. Hebert- Grade 6-8 Writing

Welcome to Writing!

STUDENT COUNCIL: MEETS EVERY TUESDAY @ LUNCH IN ROOM 307

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA PROGRAM: MEETS TUESDAYS AT 3:30 IN ROOM 307; THURSDAYS AT 3:30 AT TILLOTSON CENTER


Week of 10/16 - 20:

This week, sixth graders will finish up with revising and editing their personal narratives. These are due at the end of their writing class on Wednesday, October 18th. Seventh and eighth graders will continue to work on their realistic fiction stories, with a tentative due date of Friday, October 20th. All students will then have an opportunity to share their writing with their classmates.

Just a reminder that students are expected to work on their writing outside of class as well as during class. Some students have been falling behind and having to do a lot of work in order to get caught up. Spending just twenty minutes on writing a couple of nights a week would help to eliminate this problem.

A note about grading (outlined in more detail in the "Class Policies and Expectations document" linked below): all grades students have received so far this quarter have been formative assessments, which are graded on participation and effort. When they resubmit their first major writing piece (the personal narrative for 6th grade, the realistic fiction story for 7th and 8th grade), it will be graded using a rubric for narrative writing. Some students' grades may drop significantly at this point.


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(Students' second assignment of the year was to bring this sheet home and get it signed by a parent/guardian. All students are responsible for the information contained inside.)

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Some interesting (to me, at least) links:

Common Core State Standards in Writing - what we expect every student to be able to do by the end of 8th grade

Lucy Calkins Writing - Units of Study - the writing curriculum used at CES

"We are teaching kids to write all wrong" by Valerie Strauss and John Warner - a look at the research on how to teach writing effectively