Middle School A: Writing Fiction

MSA

Middle School A: Writing Fiction

suggested for ages 11-14


Course Details

This course challenges students to master middle school level skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature, based on the Common Core State Standards for 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts. As students develop mastery of reading comprehension and analytical writing skills, they practice writing original fiction by employing the same elements of craft that they are learning to notice in their reading and analyze in their writing.

This course culminates in an original fiction writing project that draws on the English skills developed throughout the course. Each of Juni's core English courses is designed with flexible text sets to suit a range of reading and writing levels and student interests.


Course Curriculum

This course typically takes 4-7 months to complete. This depends on the student's dedication to homework, their previous experience, and the difficulty of course material. Our instructors move at the pace of the student, taking extra time to reinforce concepts as needed.

Reading Literature

MSA1 Main Ideas & Supporting Evidence I

MSA2 Main Ideas & Supporting Evidence II

MSA3 Making Inferences

MSA4 Show, Don’t Tell

Analyzing Literature

MSA5 Identifying Themes

MSA6 Analyzing & Developing Themes

MSA7 Analyzing Point of View

MSA8 Analyzing Words & Phrases

MSA9 Analyzing Rhyme & Alliteration

MSA10 Analyzing Figurative Language

Writing Workshop

MSA11 Arguments & Evidence

MSA12 Counterclaims

MSA13 Analyzing Evidence

MSA14 Integrating Evidence

MSA15 Concluding Statements & Transitional Devices

MSA16 Color Coding & Revision

Fiction Writing

MSA17 Character Development

MSA18 Character Portraits

MSA19 Generating Conflict & Structuring Plot

MSA20 Manipulating Point of View

MSA21 Writing an Original Short Story