Past Program

Writing Enrichment 1: Persuasive Writing

It can sometimes be difficult for students to write exactly why they covet something highly desirable and popular, aside from the usual reason of peer pressure. In this persuasive letter to his father, Jonathan gives specific details to back up his reasons for wanting such an item. The consequences of not having it are written with flair and personality.

Writing Enrichment 1: Persuasive Writing
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Program:
Writing Enrichment

Jonathan Lau

F2, Wah Yan College KL

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing

 In the module Descriptive Writing, our WF2 students learned several techniques they could use to give life to their descriptions. Laetitia not only did that, but also added a wealth of anecdotes and picked the most special thoughts and feelings to write about. The depth of the piece is a huge improvement, and makes it a very personalized piece indeed.

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Laetitia Kwek

G3, SIS

Writing Foundation 3: Fiction

During term 2, students learnt about fictional writing and were taught how to plan a story with the use of a story roller coaster. This method is useful for the students at this level as it encouraged better organization of ideas by pushing students to think through each section of the story in more detail. As a result, the finished product turns out to be more coherent and logical. Students were taught how to write with clear nouns and precise adjectives, avoiding the use vague words such as “something” or “stuff”.

It is apparent from Davis’ finished piece that he applied these newly acquired techniques very well. He wrote with precision and demonstrated his creativity through his choice of words and story content, creating vivid mental images for most of his scenes. Take a look at his exciting tale, "Pomeranian Devil", by clicking the PDF link below!

Writing Foundation 3: Fiction
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Davis Cheng

Y5, CIS

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing

 Students were taught:

  • Writing Technique: How to utilize a mind-map, apply 3 different lenses to the 5-senses, describe colors more creatively, give life to objects by assigning them actions, narrow down and arrange ideas, 
  • Vocabulary and Grammar: How to specify word choice, utilize alliterations and reference a thesaurus
  • Reading Comprehension: Students read a large variety of texts that described everything from windows and bathrooms, to magical new worlds. Comprehension questions challenged students to apply their imaginations and inference skills.

Ashley has always impressed with her great work ethic and practicality, but we were so pleased to witness her imagination really came through during the descriptive wriitng unit. Check out her wonderfully colorful descriptive piece in which she describes her beloved harp by clicking the PDF link below!

 

 

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Ashley Wong

P4, St. Stephens College

Writing Foundation 1: Fiction

 Students were taught:

  • What is Fiction vs. Nonfiction
  • Fiction story planning: brainstorming concepts, selecting a specific and descriptive time and place (setting), creating a main character and identifying their descriptive characteristics, mapping key events in a fiction story with an emphasis placed on writing in the past tense – the problem, the solution, the conclusion.
  • Writing technique: writing a story based on a picture using select action verbs, proper use of speech/quotation marks, strong introductions, self-correcting with a focus on replacing “then” with other transition words
  • Vocabulary and grammar: action verbs, using stronger synonyms of common action verbs, past and present tense, regular and irregular past tense verbs, past tense of “to be” words
  • Reading Comprehension: answering a blend of direct, inference, and opinion questions about the readings

Hannah is a returning student from our summer writing program. She has made such immense improvement since she first started attending classes at The Open Classroom, we couldn't resist sharing her latest creation! Click the PDF link below to check out Hannah's magical fiction-tale!

Writing Foundation 1: Fiction
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Hannah Kwok

P2, DGJS

Writing Enrichment 1: Character Sketch

 Students were taught:

  • How to design a character sketch using figures of speech and different methods of statements that “show”, not “tell”: what the character’s habits are, their catchphrases,and why this person is important to the students; avoiding lists of adjectives
  • Inserting character descriptions in a fictional or semi-fictional narrated scene that displays his/her personality
  • Ways to introduce a character: state a belief/opinion/feeling, use a dialogue, describe the setting, or use a flashback
  • How different settings may create different moods as a backdrop for the character described
  • Ways to end the narrative: use a dialogue, state a feeling/reflection, describe a setting or use a question

Our Writing Enrichment 1 students all worked hard during the first part of Regular Term 1 2012, but here is one particularly noteworthy character sketch by Jonathan!

Writing Enrichment 1: Character Sketch
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Program:
Writing Enrichment

Jonathan Lau

Form 2, Wah Yan College

Writing Foundation 3: Detective Stories

 Students were taught:

  • The major components of writing a detective story – crime outline, motive, method, clues, suspects, climax and resolution
  • The writing process from designing the crime, crafting and outlining the plot to drafting and revising their story
  • Writing technique: Effective dialogues and action words; Importance of character development through introduction of the protagonist, numerous suspects, and development of plot through clues, climax and resolution.
  • Vocabulary and Comprehension skills: Students read extracts from other detective stories and mysteries and analyzed how the authors wrote with purposeful dialogues, used strong verbs and descriptive words, and built suspense.

Check out one stellar writer's final detective story output below!

 

Writing Foundation 3: Detective Stories
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Max Wong

P5, St. Paul\'s Co-Ed

Writing Enrichment 2: Current Events

 Students were taught:

  • The structure and important elements of a news article (headline, byline, lead paragraph, supporting evidence, interview quotations.)
  • Writing an effective lead paragraph
  • Concise writing techniques
  • Editing and revision skills

Students read a selection of articles from major news sources including the South China Morning Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, CNN

 

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Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

Ryan Yuen

Y8, HKIS

Writing Foundation 1: Journals

 Students were taught:

  • What makes a journal entry unique from other compositions (1st person, incorporation of feelings, past tense)
  • Detailed writing/story planning
  • Desriptive writing techniques (adjective and strong verbs use)

The students recounted a memorable day from their past experiences in journal form. Take a look at Jamie's illustrated tale about her trip to Disneyworld and the acquisition of her new imaginary friend!

Writing Foundation 1: Journals
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Jamie Chim

K3, SKH Kindergarten

Writing Enrichment 1: Adventure Stories

 This week we studied adventure stories using excerpts from The Adventures of Tom Saywer and Alex Ryder. Students were taught:

  • Elements of adventure stories (motivating act, journey act, goal act)
  • Plot elaboration and obstacles
  • Character descriptions
  • Personification

The students came up with a variety of creative adventure stories of their own- from a tale of a journey to a far away fighting competion to this account of two brothers' quest to survive a zombie disaster! 

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Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

Joshua Cheung

Y7, Renaissance College