Middle School Descriptive Writing 2

This eight-week class is a continuation of Middle School Descriptive Writing Workshop 1. Through the course lessons, students will learn about the importance of strong nouns, vivid verbs, and appropriate use of modifiers. We’ll also cover some problem areas like avoiding fragments and run-ons, and we’ll introduce the idea of parallelism. In addition to a diagnostic assignment at the outset, students in this course will compose two descriptive papers in three drafts each.

Note: The assignments and lesson content of this course significantly overlap Middle School Composition 2. We therefore do not recommend this course for students who have completed M.S. Composition 2.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write effective descriptive papers.
  • respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
  • understand and apply concepts like good word choice and parallelism to their writing.
  • identify and avoid common errors like inadvertent sentence fragments and run-ons.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • improve their descriptive writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.