Writing Program

 

Archdiocese
of Philadelphia
Schools
America's First Catholic Schools


“Because who they become is just as important as what they become.”

“Through a balanced program that fosters scholastic and spiritual growth, our students develop the conviction and character necessary to navigate modern life. They use their strength to lift up their communities, wherever they choose to go.”

 

AOP Belief Statement

 

AOP High School Sequential Writing Plan

 

To prepare our students to meet the challenges and demands of our modern world and to prepare them to enrich themselves and their communities through effective writing, we present a balanced outline that meets the requirements of our standards and the needs of our students.

 

ELA Curriculum Committee

 

Writing Plan

 

High school students across the diocese will practice all stages of the writing process and follow the plan provided. This will ensure consistency among students across the diocese.

 

The bolded information in the General Guidelines for each grade traces the development of paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing source material to train students to avoid plagiarism.

 

Writing assignments may be completed in any order except where noted. At least one assignment must be completed each quarter. In the case of transfers within the Archdiocese, please send the writing folder to the new school; the teacher in the new school should make sure the student completes what was not covered if the transfer is mid-year.

 

GRADE 9

 

Required writing assignments

 

  • Compare and Contrast (Informative)
  • Research-using at least 1-2 sources
  • Argument
  • Narrative

 

General guidelines

 

  • Students will practice all stages of the writing process.
  • Students will use Noodletools to create a works cited page and for parenthetical citations.
  • Students will use the notecard function of Noodletools to create a section of the document to paraphrase.
  • Students will assert a claim, acknowledge a counterclaim, and provide reasons and evidence for that claim from their knowledge, experience, and outside reading.
  • Students will “use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.”
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of audience and use and maintain an objective and formal tone.
  • Students will demonstrate consistent attention to the conventions of standard English.

 

Grade 10

 

Required Writing Assignments

 

  • Cause and Effect OR Problem/ Solution (Informative) NOT Compare and Contrast
  • Argument
  • Argument with research--2-3 sources; approximately 3 pages in length
  • Narrative

 

General Guidelines

 

  • Students will practice all stages of the writing process.
  • Students will use Noodletools to create a works cited page and for parenthetical citations.
  • Students will use the notecard function of Noodletools to create sections of the documents to paraphrase and quote directly.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to imbed quotations seamlessly.
  • Students will assert a claim, acknowledge a counterclaim, and provide reasons and evidence for that claim from their knowledge, experience, and outside reading.
  • Students will “use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims” (CCSS ELA).
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of audience and use and maintain an objective and formal tone.
  • Students will demonstrate consistent attention to the conventions of standard English.
 
Grade 11
 
Required Writing Assignments
 
  • Analysis: Rhetorical, Literary, or Documentary
  • Argument
  • Argument with research--3-5 sources (at least two digital); approximately 3 pages in length
  • Narrative - College Essay Part I ^required fourth quarter 
 
General Guidelines
 
  • Students will practice all stages of the writing process.
  • Students will use Noodletools to create a works cited page and for parenthetical citations.
  • Students will use the notecard function of Noodletools to create sections of the documents to paraphrase and quote directly.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to embed quotations seamlessly.
  • Students will assert a claim, acknowledge a counterclaim, and provide reasons and evidence for that claim from their knowledge, experience, and outside reading.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to develop claims and counterclaims thoroughly, “supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases” (CCSS ELA).
  • Students will “use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims” (CCSS ELA).
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to maintain an objective and formal tone.
  • Students will demonstrate consistent attention to the conventions of standard English.
 
Grade 12
 
  • Narrative - College Essay Part II ^required first quarter
  • Analysis—Rhetorical, Literary, or Documentary
  • Argument
  • Researched Argument—using 5-7 outside sources (at least three digital); approximately 5-7 pages in length
 
General Guidelines
 
  • Students will practice all stages of the writing process.
  • Students will use Noodletools to create a works cited page and for parenthetical citations.
  • Students will use the notecard function of Noodletools to create sections of the documents to paraphrase and quote directly.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to embed quotations seamlessly.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to develop claims and counterclaims thoroughly, “supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases” (CCSS ELA).
  • Students will assert a claim, acknowledge a counterclaim, and provide reasons and evidence for that claim from their knowledge, experience, and outside reading.
  • Students will “use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims” (CCSS ELA).
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of audience and use and maintain an objective and formal tone.
  • Students will demonstrate consistent attention to the conventions of standard English.
 
ALL GRADES
 
Review the Writing Process
 
  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Proofreading
  • Publishing
 
General Information
 
  • Stress recursive nature of writing
  • Practice peer and self-evaluation techniques
  • Refine proofreading skills
 
Grammar/Usage (including but not limited to)
 
  • Run-ons and fragments
  • Pronoun/antecedent agreement
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Tense shift
  • Point of view shift
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation and capitalization
  • Contractions
  • No use of 1/you
 
Style (including but not limited to)
 
  • Development of voice
  • Use of parallel structure
  • Precise word choice/ diction
  • Avoidance of repetition of words, phrases, and ideas
  • Varying of sentence beginnings
    • Prepositional phrase
    • Gerund phrase
    • Participial Phrase
    • Avoiding repetition of words and ideas and phrases
 
Logic
  • Fallacies
  • Appeals
  • Rhetoric
 
 

Archbishop Wood High School

Writing Plan Databases and Tools

EBSCHOhost: Research Database

Why EBSCOhost for Research?

Reliable content: EBSCOhost offers high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers recognized by library professionals, chosen to meet the specific needs of researchers

Citation assistance: Users can view, save, print, email or export citations in many formats directly from the database

Mobile access: EBSCOhost recognizes when users are accessing the site from a smartphone or tablet and will display a mobile-friendly version. Mobile features include basic searching, access to full-text articles, and the ability to email and save results.

Directions:  The site must be accessed through the EBSCHOhost portal on www.archwood.org.  Once students have clicked the link they will be redirected to the EBSCOhost login page. 

Patron ID: archwood              Password: teacher

Once you are logged in click the databases that apply to you topic of research and begin searching.

Available Databases:

Advanced Placement Source: Covering a wide array of subject areas from the arts and multicultural studies to the STEM subjects, Advanced Placement Source offers students the essential research materials to achieve academic success in honors, AP or IB programs.

Content Includes:

  • More than 4,300 full-text academic journals and magazines
  • More than 1.5 million photos, maps and flags
  • Full text dating back to 1985

 

Ultra Online Package:

Content Includes:           

  • MAS Ultra — School Edition: This database contains complete articles for popular high school magazines covering a wide range of subject areas.
  • Newspaper Source: This database provides cover-to-cover full text for national (U.S.) and international newspapers.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition: This rich collection of consumer health information provides full-text access to magazines, reference books and pamphlets.
  • TOPICsearch: Teachers, librarians and student researchers can use this database to explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics.
  • Professional Development Collection: This database provides a highly specialized collection of information especially for professional educators, librarians and education researchers.
  • ERIC: The Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) provides access to education literature and resources.

 

Newsela:  Research Database

 https://newsela.com/

Why Newsela for Research?

Newsela publishes high-interest news and nonfiction articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using a proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. By combining relevant and interesting nonfiction content with standards-aligned assessments, Newsela gives educators the primary solution to dramatically improve students’ literacy skills for the 21st century.

 

Purdue Owl: Citation Guide

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

 

Why Purdue Owl for Proper Citation?

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

 

*In addition to these databases, library card holders have access to the Free Library of Philadelphia which provides a number of research

databases: www.freelibrary.org/databases