This program is for middle school students. It includes 4 essay prompts. The student is suggested to finish one essay every two weeks. The student will receive an essay prompt and is expected to submit the essay within one week. Our experienced teacher will give feedback and student needs to update the essay based on the comment and submit for a final review.
For middle school students, we will continue our training of descriptive/narrative writing, persuasive writing and expository writing. However, the practice will be done in a much bigger scope. In this package, we will have four big assignments and students are supposed to finish within two weeks and return for feedback and analysis, then the students need to revise and turn in again.
Here is one sample assignment:
Write a biography of your family member.
A biography is a life story. It's written by someone other than the subject; the subject is normally one individual. A family biography is a bit different. It features more people, all related in some way. It will tell about events that happened to the family. It will share details about family life.
Your assignment is to choose a family and write a biography. It may be your family or a family that you admire. You need to be able to speak to family members to gather information for your paper! While biographies are often book-length, you won't be expected to write with that much depth and detail. You should write no more than 3 double-spaced pages with size 12 fonts. Choose a family and list the family name here.
1. Create an Outline
Outline the major events of the life of your main subject such as education, relationships and jobs. Your outline can be in point form, one or two words. Aside from the facts, you may also wish to dig a little deeper, try to understand the person behind the life, what did their life mean. Writing a good biography is not just about a rendition of facts, ask yourself what is their story? Include other noteworthy accomplishments, events, tragedies and successes, offering more interest and color to your biography. This is a family biography; therefore, we will draw on other family members and their memories, recollections and stories of family life that revolved around your focal character. All this information you will have drawn from your research, your interview questions and the family group sheets you co
2 . The Beginning
Try to avoid starting your biography with the subject’s birth. Instead, make your opening statement an interesting little known fact or an intriguing event of your ancestor’s life. Sometimes the 'theme' of person's life emerges after having written the biography. Do not be afraid to write the beginning at the end.
3. The Middle
With your outline and research in-hand write the subject’s life out in chronological order. At this point, you may wish to include family memories, thoughts and childhood recollections. For instance, if you were writing a family biography of your grandfather, then you could insert childhood memories from his children and grandchildren. Now, your reader not only has a window into the biography of your focal person but the biography of the family that surrounded him, his connection with others in his family and how they connected with him.
4. The End
If the person is still living, end with an uplifting conclusion, future endeavors, or an outlook on life. If they are dead, then conclude with one of their greatest accomplishments, or how they influenced others in their life.
5. Rough Draft
Always start with a rough draft. Just start writing. There will be plenty of time to fine tune, get the facts down, the main ideas and the events of your relative's life into words. I have yet to meet a writer who puts down the perfect sentence right out of the box. Expand your outline, taking each point from your outline and develop it into full sentences and paragraphs, offering more detail, and complete thoughts.
6. Read and Revise and Rest
Read and revise your draft, then let it rest. Let your first draft sit for maybe a day, a week or a month depending on your deadline, while your creative battery recharges. Then, look at it with fresh eyes and re- read it and revise. You may need to repeat this step several times. Give the draft to a trusted reader and be open to any comments the reader offers. Based on their feedback, be willing to revise it one more time.
If you wish, you can use this template for each family member. When you do this, suddenly, a wider family history is revealed, as many members of a family may share similar experiences while others may offer a different perspective or unique memory. Inevitable, a theme will emerge and before you know it you will have written a portrait of a family.