To create more writing opportunities for our 7th and 8th grade middle school students, First Immanuel has created "Wildcat Writer Workshops." The students participate in these weekly workshops, which provides students with "real life" applied writing opportunities. Each student is required to keep a portfolio of their work throughout the school year.
There are four different workshops offered each year, and students participate in a different one each quarter.
The four workshops include:Internet Literacy, Research and Summarizing: Students learn reliable research methods, how to cite web-based sources, how to summarize without plagiarizing, and how to develop a presentation based on that researchCurrent Events: Students develop writing skills related to demonstrating cause and effect, opinion, comparing/contrasting and summarizing. Students also develop ability to recognize bias in the reporting of events and learn how to avoid it in their own writing.Essay Writing: Students examine a variety of essay styles and learn how to analyze the structure of an essay, identify its elements, and incorporate those elements within their own writing. Students learn how to construct a strong thesis statement and conclusion, and employ the six traits of writing to create multiple five-paragraph essays. They will also practice peer editing.School Newspaper: Students will produce the school newspaper while developing skills in expressive, expository, and persuasive writing. They will do book and movie reviews, and learn information gathering and interviewing techniques. They will also develop ability to recognize bias in the reporting of events and learn how to avoid it in their own writing.