Toronto Prep School
The Writer’s Craft 12 Course Outline

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

Course: The Writer’s Craft
Course Code: EWC4U
Credit: 1.0
Teacher: Mr. P. Sischy and Ms. S. Birkett
Semester: Spring Semester 2015-16
Wiki Site: (Mr. Sischy) (Ms. Birkett)
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation
Course Texts: Course readings will be provided by instructor.

Extra help: 9:00 A.M. to 9:55 A.M. Monday through Friday and by appointment after school.

Course Description:
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

Overall Curriculum Expectations:

By the end of this course students will:

Investigating Writing

  • • Writing, Writers, and the Writing Life: demonstrate an understanding of writing as an art, a craft, and a career as they explore the work of a variety of Canadian and international writers.

Practising Writing

  • • Drafting and Revising: organize, draft, and revise their writing, employing forms and stylistic elements appropriate for their purpose and audience.

  • Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning.

  • Editing, Proofreading, and Publishing: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies to refine and polish their work.

  • Collaborative Writing: collaborate in the writing process with peers by generating ideas, responding to peers’ work, and assessing peers’ work in a workshop setting.

Reflecting on Writing

  • Metacognition: identify their strengths as writers and areas where they could improve, and assess the growth and development of their own writing style.

Course Content and Unit Outline

Unit 1: Problems and Solutions (20 hours)

In this unit students will learn to generate content, present content in different written forms, edit their writing for clarity and present their writing effectively. Students will focus on the problems people face in their lives, the various effects these problems have and the solutions they sought to achieve resolution. Students will compose a variety of written pieces including a letter of complaint, a letter of advice, and a personal essay.

Unit 2: Characters and Conflicts (20 hours)

In this unit students will examine the varieties of conflict, as they exist in fiction. Students will analyze characters thereby understanding their relationship to literary conflict and it’s representation in fiction. Students will learn to build fictional characters and represent them through plot, dialogue, and structure. Students will compose a variety of written pieces including a character and conflict analysis, a close reading activity and a short, short story.

Unit 3: Writing on the World. (20 hours)

In this unit students will look to sources from real world examples to generate content for a variety of non-fiction writing assignments. Students will learn to ask sophisticated questions and represent the world around them in a realistic way in both the written and audio formats. Students will compose a variety of written pieces including an example of food writing, a radio broadcast, and an interview represented in the first person.

Unit 4: Adaptation (20 hours)
In this unit, students will explore the history and theory of written adaptation; they will read and analyze a number of adapted texts, and have the opportunity to adapt a text of their choice to a new medium. They will explore the contribution of medium to message, and context to content. Students will conceive, produce, edit, and publish an original adapted work.

Unit 5: I Love Poetry (20 hours)

In this unit students will be exposed to a variety of, poets, poetic forms and styles. Students will learn to compose their own poetry and to present it effectively.

Unit 6: Independent Study Unit (10 hours)

In this unit students will complete their Independent Study Project that will draw on all course prior content.

Units: Titles and Times
Unit 1 – Problems and Solutions
20 hours
Unit 2 – Characters and Conflicts
20 hours
Unit 3 – Writing on the World
20 hours
Unit 4 – Adaptation
20 hours
Unit 5 – I Love Poetry
20 hours
Unit 6 –Independent Study Unit
10 hours

110 hours

Assessment and Evaluation
Course work (projects, assignments, tests, day to day class work) will account for 70% of your final mark. There will be a course-culminating task (CCT) near the end of the term, which will account for 30% of your final mark. There is no final exam in this course.

Achievement Chart Category: Categories of Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge and Understanding

Class Expectations

  • • Attend all classes and be on time.

  • • Come to class prepared. It is your responsibility to always have your laptop (with the required software) textbook, pens, pencil, etc.

  • • Be involved and participate in class discussions and activities.

  • • Proper behavior in the classroom is mandatory. Respect the teachers, your peers, 
yourself and the classroom.

  • • If you have a question all you have to do is raise your hand.

  • • Do not touch the plants or blinds under any circumstances. If you would like the blinds closed please ask me.

  • • Do not touch the musical instruments or artwork.

  • • Always complete your homework. Additional homework support is available in the After School Club and/or Saturday Club.

  • • Be responsible and catch up on missed work (due to absences) before returning to class. Use the class wiki to help you do this. .

  • • Cell phones and headphones are not permitted in the classroom. Please put your phone in your bag for the duration of the class.

  • • The only food or liquid permitted in the class is bottled water, which must be placed either in your bag or on the ground next to you (not on the desk).

  • • At the end of class please stay seated until the bell has rung.

Academic Due Date Policy

All assignments and projects will have a due date.
The due date is the beginning of the period for that given class. For example if a project is due for the period one class it must be submitted at 10:00 AM, if it is due for the period four class on a Wednesday, then it is due at 2:49 PM.
The due date represents the date in which the assignment/project is due. Students should submit the assignment/project to their subject teacher on the due date. If a student does not submit the task on the due date the subject teacher will contact the parents/ guardian to notify them of the outstanding work that day. The subject teacher will not provide support after the due date has passed.
Late marks will be deducted on late assignments. This strategy is in keeping with the Ministry’s policy document “Growing Success”. Late projects/assignments will be assessed at a reduction of 5% per day for the first two days and 10% per day after that to a maximum of 50%. Each project will be assessed for the 100% of its original value, and late marks will be clearly stated on the final evaluation. After 6 school days, a student will receive a zero. Students are strongly encouraged to still hand in late projects for assessment and written feedback. A Saturday Club inclusion will be made within the 6 days.
Projects/assignments turned into the teacher after they have been marked and returned to students, will not be awarded a grade if the project/assignment is one the teacher believes can be copied from peers (at teacher’s discretion), however, written feedback on the assignment will be given. (For example: journals, reflection pieces, etc.)
Extension Request Form
There is a procedure for students to seek relief from a due date and extend a deadline without academic penalty. In extraordinary circumstances, extensions may be granted, if an Extension Request Form is filled out by the student and signed by a parent and approved by the teacher at least one day before the due date. It is up to the discretion of the teacher and the school administration whether or not to accept the Extension Request. A student may request an extension to the maximum of 2 times in each course and for no more than 3 days. After the allotted time has passed and the assignment has not been submitted then late marks will be assigned. Our policy recognizes that extenuating circumstances may legitimately prevent a student from meeting a due date. The Extension Request Form may be garnered from the principal or vice-principal.
Illness/Doctor’s Notes
If a student is absent on the due date, a doctor’s note (or parental note in case of a family emergency) must be provided to the subject teacher in order for the student to submit the assignment. The assignment must be submitted upon the first day the student returns.
Parental Communication
Parents will be contacted if the assignment/project is not submitted on the due date.
Email receipt of Assignments
Since weekend days will be included in the late policy, the submitted time and date will be based on the time that the assignment arrives in the teacher’s email in-box.
Turnitin Policy
As per the student handbook and turnitin manual, all work must be submitted through turnitin at the teacher’s request. Failure to do so will be considered incomplete or late work. Work to be submitted through turnitin may be written, oral presentations, multimedia presentations etc.
Students will be given a Toronto Prep School email address to access turnitin. Students must use this email address to submit their work.
The school’s plagiarism policy is posted in the student handbook as well the turnitin manual with FAQs and examples of proper referencing styles. Please speak with your teacher should you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism and how to use turnitin.