In personal, academic, and workplace situations, students need to write clearly and coherently with precision and style. While doing so, they must also accurately apply the conventions of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Our extensive program gives students the tools to develop confidence in their writing skills.
At RHMS, our elementary students use the Six Traits writing program to develop their writing skills using six contributing traits: ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Students begin by brainstorming for ideas, creating a writing plan, and a first draft. Once they have mastered a particular level they can increase the complexity and sophistication of their style. Oral and written errors are corrected by teachers in a positive manner. Students are given feedback about their errors and how best to correct them. They are also encouraged to review their own written material for corrections as well as the work of their peers. This strategy greatly enhances the editing process and leads the way to polished work.
Students are given a variety of meaningful writing assignments. The forms and genres explored may include essays, reports, short stories, journals, letters, biographies, articles, reviews, poetry, scripts, resumes, and advertisements, among others. Our students also plan, draft, write, and present a speech on the topic of their choice as part of our school-wide, annual Language Arts Competition. This develops their writing abilities and gives them confidence with their public speaking skills.