Pieces published each year in the student writing archives represent only the creative writing efforts of North Fork School students. However, the primary focus of North Fork curriculum is academic writing, including formal literary analysis, which teaches students to use text references as support for critical reading of texts. In North Fork history classes, research papers, short essays, and longer research projects reinforce and enhance the writing skills that students develop in their English classes. During the core (Middle School) programs, both history and English classwork is essential in developing students' academic writing abilities.
While we touch on the beginning elements of academic writing in Writing Workshop, students begin to develop middle school level analysis in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year programs in preparation for high school level analysis, which in turn leads to college level preparatory work in 10th through 12th grades. In addition, North Fork math classes incorporate writing projects and elements throughout the mathematics curriculum.
To see an overview of North Fork School curricula, including which classes are offered for each grade level, please select one of the following curriculum map links:
The pages below link to student creative writing samples, as well as list types of academic writing students complete in each year of North Fork classes. Assignments, especially academic ones, are required of all students -- no one finishes the year until all academic assignments are completed and in Final Folders. The creative pieces available for perusal from previous class groups in each year are also required assignments; however, students complete their creative pieces at varied individual paces throughout the course of their years at North Fork.
ENGLISH CLASS CURRICULA AND Archives of Student writing:
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