|11 Jun 2019||
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Direct Instruction programs work. They are the epitome of mastery learning and abundant research demonstrates their effectiveness.
Expressive Writing I and II is for primary students and Essentials for Writing is for high school students.
Some students find it difficult to engage in the writing process because they have not yet mastered the fundamental skills. These two Direct Instruction programs provide instruction ranging through the skills of punctuation including quotations, subject-verb agreement, tense, inferences and interpretations, story retells, sequencing, editing, generating ideas, writing multi-paragraph passages including autobiographical and biographical sketches, writing business letters and writing persuasive essays that provide details and supporting arguments.
Expressive Writing I is for students whose writing is difficult to understand because it is hard to identify their sentences and follow what they are trying to say. They learn to correctly use tense, pronouns, capitals and verbs and to accurately copy sentences, retell stories and write paragraphs and edit them. Expressive Writing II is for those who can construct a simple paragraph but have problems with clarity, punctuation and sentence variety. They are taught more sophisticated skills including quotations, paragraphing and punctuation and progress to writing multi-paragraph passages based on descriptions and on imagination.
Essentials for Writing is designed to build the competencies that are expected of high school students. The students are taught how to make their writing cohesive and follow a logical argument, to support their contentions with evidence and to conclude their writing in a persuasive and convincing way. Over one year it builds from using proper grammar and punctuation to narrative and persuasive writing as well as note taking and responding to literature. This program is for students in Year 9 and below who are at risk of not passing their senior year exams.