Mrs. Twyman - Read, Write, and Create and 7th grade ELA

5E Student Survey:


Quarter Two: Novel Writing Unit

This unit is "loosely" based on a unit put together by The Young Writer's Project. You can see a very basic overview by viewing this site:

Basic Guidelines:

  • Students will set a challenging goal for themselves for how many pages their novels will be. The minimum is FIVE pages, most students will do 10-15 pages and some will do 20, 50 even a whole novel! 
  • Students will use Google Docs to write. They will be expected to SHARE their story with a writing partner, with me, and with parents and support staff (ie special ed teacher/sea). 
  • Student will be graded on particular elements of fiction and work through the process carefully and thouroughly - Character Development, Conflict, Plot, Setting, Word Choice (description, transitions) Organization, sentence fluency, conventions (punctuation, capitalization, paragraphs)
  • We will spend the entire quarter on this process. Students are encouraged to focus on writing QUICKLY and not getting too hung up on minor details or conventions (ie. grammar, punctuation) as we write. They will use the autocorrect on Google Docs as they go and we will ensure that they are using paragraphs properly, but we don't want to get bogged down by the details.

Parents: I can use ALL THE HELP IN THE WORLD working on this unit. If you ever want to pop in and give some support MON-WED you are more than welcome!

Thursday: Media Center - Independent Reading Time

Friday Peace Circles: Build Community, strengthen social emotional skills.

About Me:

I am very excited to be starting my twelfth year as a teacher at Lake Harriet Upper! I live in Richfield with my husband Todd, my two kids, Katie (25) and Matt (23) and our beautiful daughter, Marilyn. I grew up right here on 51st and Queen and even attended kindergarten right here at "Fulton School!" I have been teaching Middle School English Language Arts for Minneapolis Public Schools for several years now. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach Read, Write, Create to our 6th graders as well as one section of 7th grade ELA. This promises to be an amazing year for me and my hope it to set the stage for an inspiring year for our students.

Contact Information:

The best way to reach me is via school email. I periodically check Email during the school day, and you can expect a reply from me within 24 hours. I truly welcome an open line of communication with families to ensure the success of all of our students. 

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My Daily Class Schedule:

Advisory: 9:40-10:01

Period One: 10:04-10:55 Teach Prep

Period Two: 10:58-11:49 6th grade Read, Write, Create

Period Three: 11:52-12:43 7th grade ELA

Lunch: 12:43-1:13

Period Four: 1:31-2:22

Period Five: 2:25-3:16

Period Six: 3:19-4:10

Grading in my classes:

I grade on a ten point scale. The purpose behind this is to help students focus on their profiency with the given concepts and standards rather than just looking at a grade and average against the rest of the class. Students who receive a 1 or 2, indicating a lack of proficiency with the standard are expected to see me for additional support. Students with an "M" grade are missing the assignment and will have until the end of any given unit to make up the work, however it is highly suggested that students catch up on missing work as quickly as possible to keep on track with the learning trajectory.