1st Year Program Writing Archives 2001-2014

1st Year English (grades 6 & 7) introduces students to beginning literary analysis through paragraphs, timed essays, and research projects. Students must complete at least 36 revisions and 4 peer edits each Quarter. Reading in the 1st year comprises short stories and the following novels: Mara, Daughter of the Nile; Antigone; D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths; [Selected] Canterbury Tales; A Proud Taste for Scarlet & Miniver; and The Green Book.

Required written pieces include:

1st Person Narratives
A Creation Myth
Peer Interview paragraphs
Epic Similes
Greek Pantheons

Five different analytical paragraphs using quotes from a text (short stories and novels)

Study guide for chapters of Mara, Daughter of the Nile, with vocabulary and short answer essays

Class newspaper: The Grecco-Roman Times, including interviews, reviews, opinion pieces, games, comics, plays, ads, articles on "current events," artwork, etc.

An Independent Research project on a theme that carries through the whole year and includes:

  • 5 distinct ancient cultures, with timeline dates and artworks
  • An illustrated timeline that includes all those cultures and references others that we study
  • A hand-painted map of the ancient world with cultures highlighted
  • A research report on the thematic focus of the project (architecture, weapons, fashion, food, etc., which includes a paragraph on each of three ancient cultures as well as an interview with a contemporary practitioner of that topic (a chef, a fashion designer, a veteran)
  • A stand-alone graphic of all project elements for presentation to the public

Pink poetry: figurative language >>> four free verse poems, including:
a poem of feeling, painting pictures with words, general to specific, and the right words, as well as work on onomatopoeia, alliteration, similes & metaphors, homophones

A personal SKILLS LIST, which contains 30-40 stylistic and grammatical writing skills by the end of the 1st Year

Typical 1st Year students will complete 25-30 pieces, each comprising 5-10 drafts, for a total of 125-300 pieces of writing, just in English class, during the school year

Archives of 1st Year Creative pieces

2013-2014 >>> 1st Year class

2010-2011 >>> 1st Year class

2008-2009 >>> 1st Year class

2006-2007 >>> 1st Year class

2005-2006 >>> 1st Year class

2003-2004 >>> 1st Year class

2001-2002 >>> 1st Year class