Writing: Start to Finish
The StudyPro Writing Course teaches students the fundamentals of the writing process as well as strategies to get “unstuck”. This course focuses on the skills necessary to plan, organize, and complete academic writing projects.
Essential Study Skills Course
The Study Skills Class is recommended as the starting place for all 6th through 12th graders who desire to learn how to better plan, manage, organize and complete their work.
The course teaches the
FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS for STUDY SUCCESS.
These set of skills match what is being asked of a student in school. Mastering these skills will allow students to manage a rigorous curriculum with great efficacy and efficiency.
The course is broken down in to five (5) Modules:
Writing: Start to Finish is designed for any student who feels challenged by the demands of academic writing.
Students will discover their
AUTHENTIC VOICE and gain INCREASED CONFIDENCE in writing.
Each student will:
- discover their unique writing profile,
- learn effective strategies for each phase of the writing process, and
- adopt techniques to troubleshoot obstacles.
By adopting a process that can be applied to any academic assignment, writing projects will become more approachable, successful, and fun!
Why take this course?
Whether we know it or not, each of us has a writing voice. Finding and activating that voice through the use of a repeatable process is the goal of this course. Students will leave having adopted their own process of writing – a system that is personalized and works for them. They will know how to get started, how to translate what is in their head to paper, how to edit, and how to persist when writing gets challenging.
What will students gain from the course?
Students will understand the aims and goals of academic writing, including:
Many students struggle to effectively break down an assignment into a sequence of steps that are manageable and result in a paper that reflects both the project goals and the timeline. Students will learn strategies for pre-writing, selecting and organizing ideas, gathering evidence, and for moving from outline to draft. They will also learn how to self-monitor throughout these steps in order to make course corrections (e.g. “Am I on track with what this assignment is asking for?”) as well as to seek and integrate feedback for their work.
With all academic writing, there is the “doing” as well as the “understanding” of intentions for the assignment, i.e. what we are trying to achieve. The goal of writing is to make an argument throughout the paper. We will help students to learn to decipher the question being asked and shape their ideas into an argument that supports the intended outcome.
Whether it is in initiating, generating an idea, researching, forming a thesis, persisting when writing gets challenging, or editing, many students can get stuck. This course will provide strategies to help students get “unstuck” in all aspects of the writing process. We will also help students find their writing voice. By learning to trust their ideas and their voice, as well as embracing a repeatable writing process, students can remove the anxiety that often comes with starting, persevering or finalizing an academic writing assignment.
Students will leave with models for how to produce different types of papers including literary analysis, historical analysis, research papers, persuasive, narrative, and persuasive essays.
The course is broken down in to five (5) Modules:
- Day 1: Identify Writing Strengths
- Day 2: Embrace the Writing Process
- Day 3: Adopting Strategies and Frameworks
- Day 4: Finding our Writing Voice
- Day 5: Refining our Work
Identifying our Writing Strengths
Day 1 explores each student’s writing identity. Students will learn to name their unique strengths, challenges, and writing goals. This session explores the brain’s role in writing and helps students to clarify the assumptions, habits, and expectations that influence their writing success in both positive and negative ways. Students learn how to overcome limiting beliefs about their writing and strategies for starting and organizing a piece of writing.
Embracing the Writing Process
Day 2 teaches the ins and outs of writing as a creative process. Students learn the reasons for each phase – pre-writing, organizing, drafting, and revising – and practice strategies to make their individual writing process more effective. They learn how to use backwards planning to map the steps to complete a writing project.
Adopting Strategies and Frameworks
Day 3 addresses the structure of analytical, academic writing in the Humanities. Students learn the framework and goals for writing in specific disciplines and how to clarify the purpose of a writing task. They learn strategies to strengthen and focus reading and research, to brainstorm and select ideas for writing, and to craft an effective argument.
Finding our Writing Voice
Day 4 continues to focus on academic writing and helps students to develop an academic writing voice. Students learn and practice strategies for moving from an outline or map of ideas to drafting. Using models and templates, they learn strategies for drafting a structured, fluent paragraph, as well as tools for getting “unstuck.”
Refining our Work
Refining our work enables students to become editors of their own writing, as they learn to see revision as a vital part of the creative cycle. Students learn the criteria for quality academic writing. Using a range of models, students learn tools for assessing writing, as well as strategies for revising and editing their own work.
Parents are invited to join us for the final hour of the Day Five session, where the instructor will provide an overview of the course, skills and strategies covered and tools that the students will be taking with them. Students will share course materials, including the writing that they have done, and the process that they will use to approach future writing projects.