Assignment Planner – Step by step directions for each assignment. Assignment is broken down into several steps. It is expected that the students complete one step per day.
Banned Word – Words we cannot use in our writing because they are boring and overused.
Composition Checklist – A checklist, with the expected requirements, that helps the students independently edit their own work.
Editing / Revising – The process of making your paper better. For older students (more mature writers) this should be completely on their own. For NEW (younger – less experienced writers) this at first should be done with a parent – step by step – guiding them towards more independence as the year goes on.
Key Word Outline – A way of brainstorming, so child doesn’t begin with a blank page.
Source Text – The “text” that the student reads to assist them in brainstorming. This will help them with their keyword outline.
Stylistic techniques – All the beautiful language, such as description including sentence openers, that we put into our writing.
Verbal Rehearsal – The step where students take their keyword outline and practice composing sentences verbally prior to writing.