The purpose of our writing curriculum is to develop the student’s ability to organize their thoughts and express them effectively when writing. The Landmark School located in Massachusetts, created a program which emphasizes writing well-structured sentences, paragraphs and essays by employing a five step writing process: brainstorm, outline, rough draft, edit, and final draft. Students need to be able to communicate their ideas in writing for a variety of purposes. To be successful in school students must be able to organize their ideas into proper sentences and paragraphs.
- Creative Writing – The primary purpose of creative writing is to entertain the reader.
- Expository Writing- The primary purpose of expository writing is to provide information such as an explanation or directions.
- Narrative Writing – The primary purpose of narrative writing is to describe an experience, event, or sequence of events in the form of a story.
- Persuasive Writing – The primary purpose of persuasive writing is to give an opinion and try to influence the reader’s way of thinking with supporting evidence.
Descriptive Writing – The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or event so that the topic can be clearly seen in the reader’s mind. The writer must use vivid details that paint a picture for the reader.
Grammar –Students learn the rules of grammar necessary for proper writing.
Spelling – Students experiencing significant trouble in spelling may benefit from our phonics program which teaches the rules for reading and spelling. For more information on the phonics program please click here.
Sentence Writing – Before students work on larger works of writing they must first master basic sentence structure. Through a series of sentence “frameworks” students learn to build more complex sentences.
Graphic Organizers – When students start by creating a plan, their writing is more organized. We teach students to make outlines and organize their thoughts prior to writing.
Paragraph Writing – Students practice various types of paragraphs including informational, narrative, process, and persuasive paragraphs. These paragraphs are later expanded and can become the basis for essay writing.
Essay Writing- Using organizational strategies and outlines, students are taught to write essay to express their ideas. Through the draft process students learn to improve their writing and develop polished work.
FCAT Practice- The process used in teaching writing is helpful for students taking the FCAT writing exam. The use of FCAT practice materials is often helpful in familiarizing students with the types of prompts used on the FCAT.