VHS Catalog 12-13

Course Title:
Poetry Writing Section CV
Course Code:
vilpowca
MA NCES Code:
01061
Discipline:
Language Arts
Grade Level:
07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Level:
Standard
Offering:
Repeated Semester (Fall: 25 Seats; Spring: 25 Seats; )
Duration:
15 weeks
Prerequisites:
None
Additional Requirements:
Accredited by:
Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356); Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools; Northwest Accreditation Commission
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Shipped to Students:
No
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Purchased by Course Sponsor
(see additional details below):

No
Description:
If you enjoy writing about your life, then this is the course for you!

We'll spend the semester creating numerous poems, three short stories, and one essay - all based on your opinions, experiences, and viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to improve writing skills in a setting that welcomes everyone.

Writing assignments will be inspired by selections from contemporary American authors such as Maya Angelou, O'Henry, Gary Soto, Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Martin Luther King Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as poetry written by other high school students.

To enhance and inspire the writing process, students will complete weekly journal writing, and participate in a readers' forum where we will share writing and opinions in a friendly atmosphere. Together we will build a reference section where students can develop skills in the mechanics, usage, and grammar of the English language. You will have the opportunity to seek publication for your work.

The purpose of this class is to learn core English skills based on Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Its theme is the celebration of diversity. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to improve their skills while writing about a topic that they know best: themselves.

*This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.*


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Syllabus:
Weeks
Topic/Theme
Objectives
Activities
Start Here

Welcome
*Understand course policies, procedures, and expectations
* Become familiar with course syllabus and objectives

*Learn how to navigate VHS

*Learn how to communicate with your teacher and classmates

*Read and reflect on a series of introductory documents

*Post a comment to your Private Thread
*Post a comment in the Coffee House

Week 1

Let's get to know each other
*Become acquainted with classmates
*Introduce self and respond to introductions of classmates

*Share your technical background and other information about yourself with teacher

*Learn technical tips for navigating VHS

*Participate in "Getting to Know Each Other" activities
*Complete your personal Homepage

* Write an acrostic poem and post correctly

*Complete a Pre-course survey

Week 2

"Paint a picture with words"
*Begin weekly journal writing
*Read poetry by various authors

*Create a poem about a special place

*Read and respond to classmates' work

*Contribute material to a discussion about parts of speech

*Reflect on week's activities with classmates

*Create journal entry about a special place
*Read poetry by various authors

*Write poem about a special place

*Participate in Reader's Forum

*Begin Weekly Reference Discussion: parts of speech

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 3

Who am I?
*Continue weekly journal writing
*Read poetry by various authors

*Create a poem titled "Who am I?" and post correctly

*Read and respond to classmates' work

*Learn how to use "Backflip"

*Evaluate internet sites

*Contribute to a discussion about pronouns

* Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about where you're from
*Read poetry by various authors
*Write poem: "Where I'm From"

*Participate in Reader's Forum

*Participate in Web activity

*Post evaluation of internet sites

*Continue Weekly Reference Discussion: pronouns
*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 4

Childhood Stories
* Continue weekly journal writing

* Write rough draft of a short story about a childhood incident

* Follow directions to form a study group with two of your classmates

* Contribute material to a discussion about commonly misspelled contractions

* Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about your childhood
*Read stories from childhood by various authors

*Write short story: Childhood Incident

*Continue Weekly Reference Discussion: common errors
*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 5

Revise and Remember
* Continue weekly journal writing
* Revise rough draft of short story about childhood incident
* Work with study group to critique each other's work

*Read poetry by various authors

*Create a "Forgiveness Poem"

* Contribute material to a discussion about similes

* Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry: "I remember when . . ."
*Peer sharing and response

*The revision process

*Read poetry by various authors

*Write: Forgiveness Poems

*Continue Weekly Reference Discussion: similes

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 6

Similes, Spiders, and Allegory
*Learn how to obtain permission for use of internet material
* Read and comprehend poem and short story

* Continue weekly journal writing

*Contribute material to a discussion about use of metaphor

*Compose poetry using simile and metaphor

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Web Activity: Find poem and ask permission to use it
*Read: "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman and excerpt from


All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum

*Create journal entry about walking in another's shoes

*Continue Weekly Reference Discussion: metaphors

*Write poetry using similes and metaphor
*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 7
Poetry of Protest in a Sonnet
* Continue weekly journal writing
* Read and comment on work of published poet

*Learn about the sonnet
*Participate in Discussion

*Compose a sonnet and respond to work of peers

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about earning money for ???
*Read poetry and letter by Martin Espada

*Write your Poetry of Protest

*Weekly Reference Discussion: the sonnet
*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 8

Patterns and Paradox
* Continue weekly journal writing
*Learn how to use magnetic poetry

*Contribute material to a discussion about synonyms and antonyms

*Design Diamonte Poems and comment on work of peers

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about a paradoxical situation
*Experiment with magnetic poetry

*Weekly Reference Discussion: synonyms and antonyms

*Read and write Diamonte Poems

*Share poetry with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 9

Celebrating the Student Voice
* Continue weekly journal writing
*Begin group project

* Read and comprehend poetry by various authors

*Participate in group discussion about poetry readings

*Contribute material to a discussion about dialect

*Compose free verse poetry & respond to work of peers

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about groups you are part of
*Join group and discuss poetry

*Weekly Reference Discussion: dialect

*Write free verse poetry - Preconceived Notions

*Share poetry with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 10

Praise, Celebrations, and Holidays
*Complete Part One of group project
* Read and comprehend poetry by various authors

*Participate in group discussion about poetry readings

*Contribute material to a discussion about praise

*Continue weekly journal writing

*Compose Praise Poem

*Share poetry with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Make list of your special occasions to share with your group
*Read poetry by published authors and high school students

*Make list of objects of praise

*Create journal entry about object of praise

*Write Praise Poem

*Comment on classmates' poetry in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 11

Learning doesn't just happen at school
*Read and comprehend prose by various authors
*Identify teachers in your life outside of school

*Continue weekly journal writing

*Compose story about one of your teachers

*Share work with classmates in Readers' Forum
*Begin Part Two of Group Project

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Read stories of "Sweet Learning"
*Weekly Reference Discussion: list of learning

*Create journal entry about one of your teachers

*Write your story of "Sweet Learning"

*Comment on classmates' poetry in Readers' Forum

*Compile document of group's special occasions

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 12

Read and Write Haiku - enter a contest!
*Complete Part Two of Group Project
*Continue weekly journal writing

*Contribute material to a discussion about nature words

*Read and discover the online world of haiku

*Write haiku

*Research haiku contests and other opportunities for publication

*Share work with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Complete document with group's special occasions
*Create journal entry about favorite season

*Weekly Reference Discussion: collect nature words

*Read website info about haiku

*Write haiku

*Read website info about contests and enter some

*Comment on classmates' poetry in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 13

Gifts . . . in 55 words or less
*Continue weekly journal writing
* Read "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

*Answer four quiz questions that demonstrate understanding of story
*Compose story about a special gift

*Share story with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Finish group project

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about gifts and giving
*Read short story and take quiz

*Write rough draft of story

*Revise draft into a story of 55 words or less

*Comment on group project and respond to classmates' comments

*Comment on classmates' poetry in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 14

Here's what I think!
*Continue weekly journal writing
*Read "I Have a Dream," by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

* Compose a persuasive essay

*Develop a list of tips for future VHS/Poetry Writing students

*Share essay with classmates in Readers' Forum

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Read essay by MLK
*Create journal entry about contemporary issues

*Write persuasive essay and take through the revision process

*Weekly Reference Discussion: tips for VHS students

*Comment on classmates' poetry in Readers' Forum

*Post reflections and comment on classmates' reflections

Week 15

Conclusion

* Continue weekly journal writing
*Assess learning this semester

* Read comments from published authors

*Conclude course

*Reflect on this week's activities

*Create journal entry about this course
*Complete course evaluation

*Read about writing

*Assemble Portfolio

*Post final reflections


Course Objectives:
As a result of taking this course students will be able to:

1. Clearly express their thoughts, opinions, and viewpoints in writing.
2. Revise and edit written work
3. Use descriptive language including simile and metaphor in written work
4. Correlate personal experience to story content
5. Read, enjoy, and appreciate literature written by contemporary American authors of culturally diverse backgrounds
6. Demonstrate understanding of errors commonly made in the mechanics, usage, and grammar of the English language
7. Demonstrate competence in formal academic writing
8. Write in their own "voice"
9. Use parts of speech correctly
10. Read and demonstrate understanding of text
11. Learn how to communicate with teacher and peers in the virtual classroom
12. Use Internet to enhance learning process



This catalog description was last modified on 08/20/2012


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