Middle School Writing Advanced Essays

Middle School Writing for Today's Media

Course Overview

Writing Today – The Advanced Essay helps students find their voice and produce essays and other forms of writing that match today’s style and media.  Students can get confused since they write one way for standardized tests, a different way for school essays, and yet another way when they are chatting with their friends. This course helps students find their different voices. Students enrolling in the class should be proficient in both narrative and expository essay writing.

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Course Objectives

Unit 1 – Story and Logic in a Narrative Essay

Students write a narrative essay using setting and chronological time order.

Unit 2 – Story and Logic in an Expository Essay

Students write an expository essay using logical, relevant facts.

Unit 3 – Writing to Persuade

Students use their writing voice to create a persuasive piece on a chosen topic for a specific audience.

Unit 4 – Writing to Inform

Students use the 5 Ws and the H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) to write a news article.

Unit 5 – Writing for the Internet

Students use the elements specific to internet writing to create their own homepage.

Unit 6 – Script Writing

Students write a two-scene script using dialogue and stage directions.

Unit 7 – Script Writing (Final Draft)

Students write the final copy of their scripts using edits given by the teacher.

Unit 8 – Show What You Know

Students demonstrate mastery of skills learned and are given the option of writing a lengthy narrative essay or a choice of persuasive pieces.