Friday, October 3, 2014

The Writing Center @ Mepham High School

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What is the Writing Center?
  • The Writing Center is a place where any Mepham student can get help with his or her writing. 
  • The Writing Center is a place for writers of all ability levels to come and improve their craft.
  • The Writing Center is a place where a student will work closely with a writing coach to provide feedback on written assignments.
  • The Writing Center is a fixture that aims to improve a writer’s entire writing practice through the use of collaborative writing approaches like open-ended questioning.
What can writing coaches do?
  • Read through paper with the writer. 
  • Ask constructive questions about the writing. 
  • Make suggestions for improvement. 
What can’t writing coaches do?
  • Edit the paper for the writer. 
  • Teach about the content of the paper. 
  • Replace extra help.
Who should use the Writing Center? 
  • Everyone. We aim to help all writers at any level of writing on all different types of writing assignments.
How do you book a session?
  • Just stop by the Learning Center during periods 1 - 9, or after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, and ask to see the writing coach on duty.
How long is a writing session? 
  • Typical sessions last between 15-20 minutes depending on the length of the paper and what stage of development it’s in. 
  • Avoid booking sessions right before the assignment is due—you will need time to make changes to your paper.
What should you bring to the Writing Center?
  • The original assignment your teacher gave you. 
  • Any rough drafts or outlines you have made. 
  • The texts or documents with which you are working. 
  • Any rubrics your teacher has given you. 
  • A writing utensil and extra paper. 
  • A positive attitude.

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