Common Core, Uncommon Approach

Adventures in Writing Camp helps middle school students to develop as sophisticated writers, giving them the tools and confidence to use writing as a means to share their voice with the world.

The belief that all students need to be effective communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators guides all learning activities. Lessons are sequenced to build upon prior student knowledge, and structured to allow teachers the opportunity to meet varied student needs. Camps are designed as two week sessions:

Middle School Programs: Blogging

Week 1: Authors Purpose, Community, and Hooking and Maintaining an Audience Campers brainstorm topics and choose one for their blog. They learn about “Author’s Purpose” and explore why they are writing, and why others might want to read their work. Campers learn about being good “citizens of the internet” and the responsibility that comes with both blog posts and comments. They learn the technological mechanics of creating a blog, and techniques for attracting and maintaining an audience of readers.

Week 2: Content, Design, and Presentation During the second week, campers continue to learn new writing skills, and they apply them to creating content for their blog. These pieces will include written articles as well as multi-media content such as videos, interviews, podcasts, and/or other technology-centered postings. Campers leave as skilled users of a blog platform, allowing them to apply their love of writing to the creation of a virtually endless content in the months ahead.