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The Adventures of the 7th Grade Mind: I am an Author

School: High Tech Middle Chula Vista

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 7

Format(s): Book, Essay

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Project Overview

Seventh grade students at High Tech Middle in San Diego, California created this collection of stories as a result of hundreds of hours of writer’s workshop.

In order to culture a genuine love of writing, students were allowed to write about any topic of their choosing. The nature of workshop writing relies on self-reflection, peer critique, and coaching from the teacher. This book is written and edited entirely by students. It exemplifies the pieces that the authors feel are their best works.

The 215-page book includes forty-three student essays can be purchased at . Each essay is from two to five pages long.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a format that allows the work of each student to be individually assessed
  • Writing is very strong and clear, and reflects the extensive editing process
  • Shows a level of writing that can be achieved when students are allowed to choose topics that they find interesting and meaningful
  • Provides a range of short essays on topics that are of interest to middle school students

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense.
  • With support from peers and adults, I can use a writing process to ensure that purpose and audience have been addressed.
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