Writing & Resource Class
For Credit (Y/N)
|Meeting Days||Wednesday / Friday|
|Meeting Times||Elective Period|
|Teachers||Mr. John Powell|
Becoming a great writer requires lots of practice. As Hemingway wrote, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” New for the 2019-2020 school year, The Writing and Resource Course offers students guided practice in the craft of writing. Students will strengthen the argumentative and analytical essay writing skills they learn in English and History class, such as crafting a thesis statement, developing a sub-claim, employing textual evidence, and expanding textual analysis. Mr. Powell will also provide weekly face-to-face feedback on individual writing pieces, both formal and creative, and will work closely with each student to improve his grammar and mechanics.
Skills & Benefits
Students will acquire and develop a wide array of writing skills, while also strengthening executive functioning skills like weekly planning, organization, goal-setting, and focus.
New for the 2019-2020 school year, all Northridge humanities teachers have gained professional development credits through the Institute in Excellence for Writing. IEW provides concrete methods to help students gradually expand and continuously reinforce a repertoire of specific writing skills. The IEW approach to teaching writing will be a cornerstone of the Writing and Resource Class’s philosophy.
Students must sign up for The Writing and Resource Class at the beginning of each semester and will be expected to revise their writing outside of class meetings. Students should expect small daily and weekly homework assignments. Although the class is listed as an elective, it is for credit, and will, therefore, more closely resemble a regular class than a club.