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About Literacy Made for All Aims and Objectives of the Program Introduction to Wordsmithing A. WRITING PROJECTS Introduction/Aims and Objectives Project 1: Write an Advertising Campaign ...in 3 different media: Video/Television, Print/Magazine, Billboard or Teeshirt Reproducibles/Media:WDR 1 -- Questions Advertisers Must Ask WDR 2 -- Advertising Plan Sheet WDR 3 -- Sample TV Script Page WDR 4 -- Magazine Ad Strategies WDR 5 - Proofread with a Partner Checklist: Video Ad Script WDR 6 -- Writing an Ad Campaign Assessment Sheet Project 2: Write and Deliver a Speech Debating Speech, Election speech, Acceptance speech, Speech for evaluation/competition Reproducibles/Media:WDR 7 -- Speech Planner Sheet WDR 8 -- Speech Outline Chart WDR 9 -- Debate Assessment Sheet WDR 10 -- Acceptance Speech Questions WDR 11 - Second Draft Questions WDR 12 -- Written Speech Assessment Sheet WDR 13 -- Speech Assessment Criteria Project 3: Write a Personal Essay Sharing an experience, Sharing an opinion, Opening a window on the author's world Reproducibles/Media:WDR 14 -- Essay and Article Outline WDR 15 - Proofread with a Partner Checklist - Personal Essay WDR 16 -- Personal Essay Assessment Sheet Project 4: Write a Biographical/Personality Profile Profile a family member, an historical figure, a fictional character Reproducibles/Media:WDR 17 --Present Situation Bio Sheet WDR 18 -- Past History Bio Sheet WDR 19 -- Future Goals Bio Sheet WDR 20 -- How to Interview WDR 21 -- Personality Profile Planner WDR 22 -- Proofread with a Partner Checklist - Personality Profile WDR 23 -- Personality Profile Assessment Sheet Project 5: Write a Review ...of a television show, a movie sequel or prequel, a music CD/album, a game Reproducibles/Media:WDR 24 -- Review Planner WDR 25 - Proofread with a Partner Checklist - A Review WDR 26 -- Review Assessment Sheet Project 6: Write a Researched Article ...for submission to a magazine Reproducibles/Media:WDR 27 -- Tracking Sheet -- Individuals WDR 28 -- Letter to Parents WDR 29 -- Student Researcher ID Cards WDR 30 -- Article Planner WDR 31 -- Research Report Sheet WDR 32 -- Proofread with a Partner Checklist - A Researched Article WDR 33 -- Researched Article Assessment Sheet Project 7: Write Documentation ...to accompany things that do not usually come with instructions for care: teenagers, families, new babies, your health.... Reproducibles/Media:WDR 28 - Letter to Parents WDR 34 -- Tracking Sheet - Groups WDR 35 -- Documentation Planner WDR 29 - Student Researcher ID Cards WDR 31 - Research Report Sheet WDR 36 -- Documentation Assessment Sheet Project 8: Write a Formal Letter Covering letter, Letter of complaint, Letter of application, , Letter of apology, thanks, congratulations, or condolences Reproducibles/Media:WDR 37 -- Formal Letter Format WDR 38 -- Formal Letter Assessment Sheet Project 9: Write a Report Book report, Resume, Researched report on teen behavior Reproducibles/Media:WDR 39 -- Book Report Assessment Sheet WDR 40 - Resume Assessment Sheet WDR 41 -- Letter to Parents (re Survey Assignment) WDR 42 -- Information Report Assessment Sheet B. STUDYING THE ESSAY Introduction/Aims and Objectives Part 1: Build Your Toolkit Students familiarize themselves with literary terminology as they describe and discuss short nonfiction at three levels of analytical complexity. Assignment 1: Define the Essay Identifying and charting the characteristics of 5 different kinds of essays. Reproducibles/Media:SER 1 - Types of Essays Information Sheet SER 2 - Types of Essays Worksheet SER 2A -Types of Essays Worksheet - exemplar filled in SER 3 - Essay Analysis Worksheet Assignment 2: Methods of Development and Thesis Support Identifying and classifying the steps in building an essay and appealing to the reader. Reproducibles/Media:SER 4 - Methods of Development Assignment 3: Analyze on the Technical Level An introduction to rhetorical devices that determine how the essay looks and sounds. Reproducibles/Media:SER 5 - A Glossary Of Rhetorical/Literary Terms SER 6 - Rhetorical Devices/Levels of Analysis SER 7 - Answering An Effectiveness Question (Technical) Assignment 4: Analyze on the Associative Level An introduction to rhetorical devices that compare and contrast the essay's content with the real world. Reproducibles/Media:SER 8 - Answering an Effectiveness Question (Associative) Assignment 5: Analyze on the Thematic Level An introduction to rhetorical devices that focus on what the reader brings to the reading of the essay. Reproducibles/Media:SER 9 - Answering an Effectiveness Question (Thematic) Assignment 6: Practice Close Reading of an Essay How each word of an essay can contribute to its depth of meaning and its impact on the reader. Assignment 7: Practice Analyzing an Essay How to answer effectiveness questions about examples from an essay. Reproducibles/Media:SER 10 - Levels of Analysis -- Effectiveness Summative Product: Write a Sight Test Reproducibles/Media:SER 11 - Tips for Writing a Sight Test Summative Product: Answer an Effectiveness Question Reproducibles/Media: SER 12 - Answering an Effectiveness Question Editing Checklist SER 13 - Answering an Effectiveness Question Assessment Sheet Part 2: Write a Literary Response As students practice writing three different kinds of responses to short essays they will be honing both their writing and their critical thinking skills. Assignment 1: Write a Dialectical Response to an Essay Two columns on a sheet of paper, point form personal response to selected words or sentences. Assignment 2: Write a Personal Response to an Essay A short personal essay inspired by a work of short nonfiction. Reproducibles/Media:SER 14 - Writing a Personal Response SER 14A - The Writing Process (verso of SER 14) Assignment 3: Write an Analytical Response to an Essay A short essay critically examining the effectiveness of another essayist's choices. Reproducibles/Media:SER 15 - Writing an Analytical Response Completing The Final Draft, All Responses Practicing the writing process to arrive at a finished product. Reproducibles/Media:SER 16 - Proofread with a Partner - Dialectical Response SER 17 - Proofread with a Partner - Personal Response SER 18 - Proofread with a Partner - Analytical ResponseSER 19 - Assessment Checklist - Dialectical Response SER 20 - Assessment Checklist - Personal Response SER 21 - Assessment Checklist - Analytical Response Part 3: Timed Writing Practice Students learn and practice techniques that will help them do their best when answering essay-response questions on English examinations. Assignment 1: Lay the Foundations An introduction to syntax and diction. Reproducibles/Media:SER 22- Introduction to Syntax SER 23 - Clauses Determine Sentence Patterns SER 24 - Phrases Enhance Sentence Meaning SER 25 - Syntactical Effects SER 26 - Diction: The Art of Carefully Choosing Words Assignment 2: Practice Unpacking Prompts Closely reading a question to determine how to respond. Reproducibles/Media:SER 27 - Analyzing Tone in Literature SER 28 - How to Read a Literary Question Assignment 3: Develop a Supporting Example Fully analyzing a selected quotation in the body of a written response. Reproducibles/Media:SER 6 - Rhetorical Devices/Levels of Analysis SER 10 - Levels Of Analysis - Effectiveness Assignment 4: Organize an Essay Length Response (DFAR) A tested and efficient template for a written response to a prompt. Assignment 5: Write a Timed Response in 40 minutes or less A proven effective way to help students prepare for final/AP exams. Reproducibles/Media:SER 29 to 32 - Timed Writing Formative Assessment Sheets SER 33 - Tips For Success in Timed Writing Exercises C. WORD WORKS: A SUPPLEMENTARY LIBRARY OF MATERIAL Introduction Segment 1: Words Make Music An introduction to Linguistics Segment 2: Words Have Histories An introduction to Etymology Reproducibles/Media:WTR 1 - You Know More German Than You Think WTR 1A - You Know More German Than You Think (Key) WTR 2 - The Etymologies of Words Segment 3: Words Do Different Jobs An introduction to the Parts of Speech Reproducibles/Media:WTR 3 - Nouns Worksheet WTR 4 - Proper Nouns Worksheet WTR 5 - Verbs Worksheet Segment 4: Words Belong to Families An introduction to Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes Reproducibles/Media:WTR 6 - Word Study Worksheet WTR 7 - Word Study Quiz Segment 5: The Namesake Project A unit on the meanings of names Reproducibles/Media:WTR 8 - Names and Naming WTR 9 - Where Surnames Come From WTR 10 - Names of Names WTR 11 - Pick A Name WTR 12 - The Namesake Project Assignment Sheet WTR 12A - So, What About You...? (verso of WTR 12)

About the Author

Arlene F. Marks began both writing and teaching at an early age: she loved playing school with younger neighborhood children on weekday afternoons, passing on what she had learned in school that day. Still passionate about education, she is now a multi-published author, editor, and teacher of English, literacy and writing with more than twenty years of experience in the high school classroom. Check out her website: www.thewritersnest.ca.

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This book is packed with teacher-tested tips and real-classroom success strategies you can start using immediately!! Arlene's classroom was always full of energy and excitement during the Literacy periods and the bulletin boards showed pride in each student's completed work. -- Elisa Shiffman, special education department head,Thornlea Secondary School, Ontario, Canada

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