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Ms.

Bascom
EWC4U0:TheWritersCraft,UniversityPreparation
CourseOutline

CourseDescriptionandExpectations
Thiscourseemphasizesknowledgeandskillsrelatedtothecraftofwriting.Studentswill
analysemodelsofeffectivewritinguseaworkshopapproachtoproducearangeofworks
identifyandusetechniquesrequiredforspecializedformsofwritingandidentifyeffective
waystoimprovethequalityoftheirwriting.Theywillalsocompleteamajorpaperaspartofa
creativeoranalyticalindependentstudyprojectandinvestigateopportunitiesforpublication
andforwritingcareers.

Prerequisite:English,Grade11,UniversityPreparation

Strands
Theexpectationsinthiscourseareorganizedintothefollowingstrands:
A.InvestigatingWriting
B.PractisingWriting
C.ReflectingOnWriting

LearningOpportunities

Strand

Unit

Curricular
Expectationsto
Meet

Learning
Activities

Assessments
andTentative
Dates

A.
Investigatin
gWriting

Fourweeks

1.Writing,
Writers,and
TheWriting
Life

1.1Modelsof
EffectiveWriting
1.2TheArtand
CraftofWriting
1.3Elementsof
Form
1.4Elementsof
Style
1.5TheWriters
Perspective
1.6TheWriting
Profession

Readingand
UnitSummative:
Analysisoftext
attheendof
Exploringthe
fourweeks.
writingprocess
andcreativity
Learningand
applyingthe
WritingVariables
Guestspeaker
and/orfieldtripto
WritersFestival

B.
Practising
Writing

Fiveweeks

1.Exploring
Ideas,Forms,
andStyles

1.1Generating
Ideas
1.2Experimenting
WithFormsand
Style

WritingExercises UnitSummative:
andJournaling
attheendoffive
Writing
weeks
Mashups!Turn
anessayintoa
poem,an

historicalevent
intoastory,etc.
B.
Practising
Writing

OneWeek

2.Drafting
andRevising

2.1Drafting:Focus
onContent
2.2Drafting:Focus
onStyle
2.3Revising

Reviewingand
applyingthe
WritingVariables
toachievethe
rightbalance
betweencontent
andstyle

Informal
assessments:
peerreviewand
discussionsat
theendofa
week

B.
Practising
Writing

Three
weeks

3.Editing,
Proofreading,
and
Publishing

3.1Editingand
Proofreading
3.2Publishing

Grammar,
grammar,and
grammar!
Editingsymbols

UnitSummative:
Grammarand
EditingTestat
theendofthree
weeks

B.
Practising
Writing

Approximat
elyfour
weeks

4.
Collaborative
Writing

4.1Generating
IdeasCollaboratively
4.2Providing
FeedbacktoPeers
4.3Assessing
PeersWork

Establishing
SuccessCriteria
forteamwork
WritingCircles
PeerReview

Ongoing
throughoutthe
course

C.
Reflecting
onWriting

Three
weeks

1.
Metacognition

1.1Understanding
TheirCreative
Choices
1.2Understanding
TheirPerspectives
andBiases
1.3Planningto
Improve
1.4Demonstrating
Growth

SummativeTask Lastthree
fortheCourse:
weeksofthe
15%offinal
course
grade(inclass
exam):
Portfolioand
Essayanalysing
yourprogress
andperformance
inthecourse

Students,pleasenote:asaclasswewillchoosewhichtopicstoexploredeeply:writingfor
media,childrensliterature,creativewriting,poetry,orbusinesscommunication,forexample.
TheCurricularExpectationstoMeetcanbeachievedinavarietyofways,whichwecan
determinetogether.

AssessmentandEvaluation

Termworkis70%ofyourfinalgrade,asalways.However,pleasenotesomesignificant
changessincethisisacourseonwriting:


KnowledgeandUnderstanding:20%
Howwelldoyouknowforms,styles,literaryelements,poeticdevices,literarytheory,etc.

Thinking:20%
Howcreatively,thoughtfully,andintelligentlycanyougenerateideas,improveyourwork,and
respondtoprompts?

Communication:50%
Howwellcanyouwrite?Areyouabletospellcorrectly,useasemicolon,distinguishbetween
theactiveandpassivevoice?Doyouavoidcommasplicesandrunonsentences?Canyou
recognizeandavoidcommonerrors?Doyouindentallparagraphs?Etcetera!

Application:10%
Howwellcanyouconnectyourlearningtotheworkyouareaskedtodo?Canyouapply
feedbackandmakeimprovements?Canyouoffervaluablesupporttoothers?

Thesummativetasksareworth30%ofyourfinalgrade.YourWritingPortfolioandEssayis
15%andaformalexamtestinggrammar,spelling,punctuation,literarydevices,thewriting
variables,vocabulary,andreadingcomprehensionis15%.