Structure & Organization -Make narrow & manageable topic choices -Craft a thesis statement -Outline expository pieces - craft topic sentences that support thesis - sequence information logically - isolate topics within individual paragraph - create engaging introductions & conclusions -Apply proper punctuation, capitalization & grammar to original work -Properly use and interpret editor’s marks -Apply word processing technology to identify & correct errors of convention -Explore the structure & conventions of multiple genres -Read, analyze & discuss important pieces in each genre -Create original pieces of work from the following genres: - poetry (inherited & open form) - short story - novel - non-fiction - essay (5 ¶ persuasive) - essay (5 ¶ literary analysis) - the letter - speech/public address - biography/autobiography - drama - journalism Write Source Materials Conventions Genre Reading list consisting of culturally significant pieces from each of the named genres. Examples include: -To Kill a Mockingbird -Lord of the Flies -Fahrenheit 451 -Flowers for Algernon -Hiroshima -Raisin in the Sun -The Crucible Literary interpretation/anal ysis -Define, identify in context, and apply to their own written pieces, literary devices such as: - simile & metaphor - alliteration & assonance - foreshadowing - irony - personification - rhyme scheme -Participate in Socratic seminar and shared inquiry -Write original pieces of analytical writing addressing the following elements of literature: - character - theme/motif - setting - point of view - plot - author’s intentions - historical context Mathematics Problem Solving Strategies Students will: Learn flexibility and creativity in approaching complex problems Apply such strategies to mathematical challenges as: - Solving by making a diagram - Solving by making a table - Solving by simplifying the problem - Solving by working backwards Materials & Resources 55