This unit was designed as a writing assessment and intervention for incoming freshmen during the first two weeks of school. It is ordered as a series of mini-lesson workshops coupled with extensive writing and revision time that follow the order of the writing process. It is intended that teachers only cover the sections relevant to weaknesses indicated by the writing inventory at the beginning of the unit.
This unit follows a “teach and apply” formula: students learn a new strategy or skill and immediately apply it to the original document for an “upgrade.” Prompt feedback and return is ESSENTIAL to this unit and usually results in extended teacher time.
This unit is an introductory unit only and covers expository writing in general, but does not delve in-depth into any one genre apart from Narrative Essay. It is intended that subsequent writing assignments in other units will teach other genres specifically as students are exposed to the task.
There are several sections of the unit and the appendix that are intended to be student resources throughout the year. Among them are tips for using technology, MLA citation format for in-line text citations and works cited.
Freshman Writer's Workshop and Skill Inventory
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