Writing Workshop (Grades 5-11)
Students will complete a wide variety of sustained and self-directed writing projects in a workshop setting. Lessons will focus on practical issues that writers face in their work (for example, how to infuse subtle persuasion, balancing plot and character development, building tension, etc.). As in professional workshops, emphasis will be placed on sharing work with the class, peer conferencing and editing, and developing a diverse portfolio including poetry, fiction, drama, memoir, and essays. Each week, students will meet individually with the teacher as a writing coach to determine strengths and opportunities for growth.
Reading Workshop (Grades 5-11)
Students will work to become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers in a self-directed workshop setting. Each student will have a goal of completing at least 40 books over the course of the school year, covering a variety of genres including classic literature, biography, modern realistic fiction and graphic works. Lessons will focus on essential elements of reading comprehension and literary analysis (for example, making connections, main idea and author’s purpose, comprehension self-monitoring, etc.). Each week, students will meet individually with the teacher as a reading coach to determine strengths and opportunities for growth.