In this book, Dr. Timothy Horan presents an original and highly effective writing program whose major goal is to transform high school students into accomplished writers and mature young adults. This writing program is innovative, rigorous, and engaging, and was designed with high school students in mind.
This volume contains a total of twenty original writing projects that represent creative (and innovative) interpretations of Common Core Writing Standards. These projects focus on the worlds of contemporary secondary students, exploring such topics as technology, literature, goals for the future, and potential careers. Each assignment in this book is full and complete, and includes a reproducible outline that presents the assignment to students in a simplified graphical format.
As students progress through this program, they will encounter engaging writing projects that foster growth and anticipate the changes occurring in students’ lives during this time of development and transition. It will also prepare students for the rigors of writing in college, career, and the unwritten future that awaits all of them.
Finally, Dr. Horan issues a call for every secondary school in the United States to create and implement courses singularly devoted to the craft of writing—and this book contains the curriculum for that course.
Timothy Horan (BA, MA, MS, MS, DA) is the inventor of the School Library Writing Center, and is widely published in the fields of teaching and writing. He has been an adjunct professor of English, supervisor of a university writing center, and has over twenty years of experience teaching writing, literature, and library science.
Introduction: High School Students and Their Finest Selves
1. Grades Nine and Ten—First Writing Project:
The Personal Argumentative Essay: “Television and Streaming Video”
2. Grades Nine and Ten—Second Writing Project:
The Informative Essay: “A Goal for the Future”
3. Grades Nine and Ten—Third Writing Project:
The Short Story: “You Attain Your Goal”
4. Grades Nine and Ten—Fourth Writing Project:
The Personal Reflective Essay: “Your Favorite Place” (First Draft)
5. Grades Nine and Ten—Fifth Writing Project:
The Personal Reflective Essay: “Your Favorite Place” (Second Draft: Revising and Editing)
6. Grades Nine and Ten—Sixth Writing Project:
The Personal Reflective Essay: “Your Favorite Place” (Third Draft: Ebook)
7. Grades Nine and Ten—Seventh Writing Project:
The Literary Research Paper: “Dreams and Loneliness in Steinbeck’s Novella, Of Mice and Men” (First Draft: Literary Analysis)
8. Grades Nine and Ten—Eighth Writing Project:
The Literary Research Paper: “Dreams and Loneliness in Steinbeck’s Novella, Of Mice and Men” (Second Draft: Secondary Sources)
9. Grades Nine and Ten—Ninth Writing Project:
The Literary Research Paper: “Dreams and Loneliness in Steinbeck’s Novella, Of Mice and Men” (Third Draft: Creative Coda)
10. Grades Nine and Ten—Tenth Writing Project:
The Reflective Essay: “Looking Back on a Year of Writing”
11. Grades Eleven and Twelve—First Writing Project:
The Argumentative Essay: “Are Cell Phones Good for High School Students?” (Part One)
12. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Second Writing Project:
The Informative Research Essay: “Cell Phone Addiction” (Part Two)
13. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Third Writing Project:
The Reflective Short Story: “A Day Without My Cell Phone” (Part Three)
14. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Fourth Writing Project:
The Personal Research Essay: “My Ideal Career” (Part One)
15. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Fifth Writing Project:
The Creative Essay: “My Ideal Career: Workplace Log Entries” (Part Two)
16. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Sixth Writing Project:
The Informative Oral Presentation: “My Ideal Career” (Part Three)
17. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Seventh Writing Project:
The Informative Research Project: “The History Behind the Crucible” (Part One)
18. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Eighth Writing Project:
Literary Analysis: “Interpreting the Crucible” (Part Two)
19. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Ninth Writing Project:
The Creative Project: “Unearthing the Crucible” (Part Three)
20. Grades Eleven and Twelve—Tenth Writing Project:
The Reflective Project: “Creating a Time Capsule”
Conclusion: A Call for Change
Timothy Horan has created a unique writing program that will engage students as it teaches them how to write and how to grow into their best selves. This book provides a refreshing update to the literature on secondary writing instruction, and will help prepare students for the rigors of writing in a university.
I especially love the chapters on Arthur Miller’s play the Crucible. The writing projects there enable students to experience this play from three different angles: background history; textual analysis; and creative writing. As students write, they will learn to understand and appreciate the power of drama, and the beauty and challenges of dramatic writing. Great stuff.
In this book, Dr. Horan has created a revolutionary writing program that will engage high school students as it teaches them to write. Perhaps more important, Dr. Horan also calls for the creation of new writing courses in every high school – and for every student – in the nation. This book provides the curriculum for those courses—and it is long overdue.