During the week of May 8-12, 2017 the 8th grade students at North View Middle School had a special opportunity to work with authors on a Writing Apprenticeship Program. Through this authentic writing experience with professional, student-selected writers, students developed an understanding of concepts and tools used within a specific genre, saw author/artist as a viable occupation, and experienced writing as a joyful and positive activity. They worked the comedic writer, comics writer and spoken word artist featured here.
As a result of this opportunity, two NVMS students became published authors in the 2016-2017 Compas collection of student writing. Each year COMPAScollects some of the best student writing from across Minnesota and publishes them in an Anthology. They’ve published 37 over the decades and have added NVMS to their collective voice of Minnesota students. Take a look at the sample writing below.
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At North View Middle School we believe our best work is done collaboratively, including our time together in professional discussion. As part of the Site Improvement Plan, each week the English Language Arts(ELA), Social Studies, Science, English Language Learner(EL) and Special Education teachers from each house engage in a collaborative inquiry cycle around literacy standards. Teams work closely with the Literacy Coordinator, IB Coordinator and Differentiation Coach.
During this work, teams asses students to find out what they already know about a specific reading standard, share strategies for teaching the standard, plan how they will teach it and reflect on student learning. This is done to ensure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.
This trimester each grade level has been focused on narrative writing. The ELA teachers began by pre-assessing student’s narrative writing ability by providing them an opportunity to write without interruption on a topic of their choice. This was followed by a review of student work and will continue with work to plan instruction in each content area around writing. Students will then be given a post-assessment during December to track their growth.
If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal.
The week of May 8-12, the 8th grade students at North View Middle School have a special opportunity to work with authors on a Writing Apprenticeship Program. This program was designed by the students in grade eight. A few months ago they selected three genres of writing that they wanted to learn more about—spoken word, comedy writing, and comics/zine writing.
Now, three local professional writers Levi Weinhagen (comedy),
Fiona Avocado (comics),
andTou Saiko Lee (spoken word poetry)
will work with the eighth grade to learn more about their chosen genres, create new pieces within those genres, and share them with their classmates. Through this authentic writing experience with professional, student-selected writers, students will develop an understanding of concepts and tools used within a specific genre, see author/artist as a viable occupation, and experience writing as a joyful and positive activity. Interested students will share their writing at the One World Many Stories event on May 25. The professional writers will also each select three pieces from the week to be published in the annual COMPAS collection of student writing.