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Welcome to Writing Skills 101!




Writing 101



Course / Content Area:  English Language Arts


Description: In this class, students will improve their writing skills. The focus of the class is the organization and process of writing paragraphs, essays, stories, reviews, analyses, and research papers. Emphasis is also put on learning new vocabulary to use in writing as well as becoming better at spelling. Students will learn/review all basic grammar rules and practices, focusing on one topic/technique a week. Students will also share and workshop their writing with the class.



At the end of this course, you will

  • know 85 new vocabulary words
  • understand all basic and intermediate grammar usage and mechanics practices
  • be able to write in all forms including expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive
  • be able to organize, plan, and revise writing



Daily Schedule

10 - vocab word of the day

  • Copy word and definition
  • Use it in a sentence

15 min - grammar lesson

  • Present topic
  • Do activity

Friday: vocab game, winner gets extra credit

25 min - writing lesson

  • New or continuing writing assignment

Extra time: random oral vocab word testing for extra credit

Calendar of Topics and Projects


  • A single paragraph
  • Spelling it out
  • Abdicate, accessible, acclimated, accommodate, accumulate
  • Vocab Game: Bananagrams/scrabble


  • Five paragraph essay
  • Commonly confused words
  • Acknowledge, acoustics, acute, adequate, advantageous
  • Vocab Game: Bingo


  • Abstract
  • Parts of speech
  • Alliteration, alliance, amateur, analogy, anecdote
  • Vocab Game: Jeopardy


  • Argument Essay
  • Tenses
  • Barbarian, bilingual, blasphemy, boycott, beneficial
  • Vocab Game: Illustrate - students choose 5 words to illustrate and hang up

February Break


  • Basic sentence structure
  • Verb Varieties
  • Caricature, catalyst, catastrophe, chagrined, cliche
  • Vocab Game: Pick a word - students from two teams take turns choosing a vocab word written on the board and defining it, if they are correct they erase the word and get a point


  • Cause and Effect Essay
  • Pronoun Problems
  • Colossal, coincide, compatible, compelled, concede
  • Vocab Game: partners or teams compete to think of a synonym for each vocab word


  • Compare and Contrast
  • Pronoun problems
  • Debacle, decadent, deceit, detrimental, diligence
  • Vocab Game: Vocab “basketball”- random oral testing between two teams, correct answers get a point, crumpled ball of paper into recycling bin gets another point and wins that team a chance to have another turn


  • Critical Analysis
  • Punctuation and Style
  • Elevation, eligible, extraneous, exuberance, expansion
  • Vocab Game: Pairs or teams compete to list the most words from memory with definitions that they can remember

3/25-3/29 End of Quarter

  • Make-Up


  • Descriptive Essay
  • Writing better sentences
  • Fallacy, fascinate, feasible, felicity, fictitious
  • Vocab Game: Word Scramble - pairs of students compete to unscramble the most vocab words in the set time limit


  • Autobiographical Narratives
  • Writing better sentences
  • Grandeur, griece, heinous, hyperbole, hypocrite
  • Vocab Game: Group story - 2 groups are each given printed and cut out vocab words, they stick words to poster board and write in all the rest of the words to make the best story

April Break


  • Precis
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Idiosyncrasy, inevitable, initiative, intercede, intricate
  • Vocab Game: Bingo


  • Process Paper
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Laborious, lapse, limerick, lineage, liquefy
  • Vocab Game: Erase the word - 2 teams line up and say the definition to the next vocab words on their list, erase it if they get it right, first team with erased list wins


  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Substitutes for wordy phrases
  • Malicious, martyrdom, necessity, neurotic, neutral
  • Vocab Game: Taboo


  • Research Paper
  • Substitutes for wordy phrases
  • Obtuse, omission, onomatopoeia, oppression, oxymoron
  • Vocab Game: Scrabble board: 2 teams compete to create a scrabble board with the most vocab words


  • The Review
  • Unfinished grammar
  • Patronage, perceive, permissible, permutation,perspiration
  • Vocab Game: Memory matching vocab words to their definitions


  • Final Project
  • Quibble, quench, rectify, regiment, retaliate
  • Vocab Game: Pictionary


  • Final Exam
  • Shrewd, sphere, tendency, unscrupulous, zenith

6/10-6/13 School Ends



General Rules:

  • Students are permitted to miss no more than 15 classes for the semester - all absences beyond this point must be made up before or after school, 5 tardies = 1 absence
  • Students must use art supplies correctly and with respect
  • Respectful and kind behavior and language is expected at all times, students will be asked to the class if this does not happen
  • If students miss days, they must talk with teacher about making up all assignments


Grading Policies:

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all work they missed within 5 class days of their return to school.



97 - 100


87 - 89.9


77 – 79.9


67 – 69.9


0 – 59.9


93 - 96.9


83 – 86.9


73 – 76.9


63 – 66.9



90 - 92.9


80 – 82.9


70 – 72.9


60 – 62.9



  • Marianne St-Laurent, Teacher at Ledyard Charter School
  • (603) 727-4772, available by phone on school days 8-9am, 3-4pm
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