Course Title: Produce Writings - Writing for Children

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5405

Course Title: Produce Writings - Writing for Children

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Martine Murray 
Email: martine.murray@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 105

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

 At RMIT, Produce Writings – Writing for Children is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies:
• CUSRAD01A – Collect and organise information
• CUVCOR03A – Develop, refine and communicate concept
• CUVCOR11A – Source information on history and theory and apply to own work

Course Description

Produce Writings –Writing for Children supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to write and market material for young children.
You are introduced to the works of various children’s writers and examine the techniques used in writing picture storybooks, junior novels and other forms of fiction and non-fiction materials for children. You also experiment with a range of approaches and techniques while creating your own body of work.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Writing for Children

Element:

1. Analyse the purpose of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose of the work is confirmed with relevant parties
1.2 The form, media and technique most appropriate to the purpose of the writing task is selected
1.3 The stylistic and cultural context of the writing task is proposed to meet the writing objective

Element:

2. Investigate the scope of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The level and scope of the writing task is analysed to determine the length and style of the work
2.2 The level of research required to fulfil the agreed outcome to the required style and standard is analysed
2.3 The resources necessary to retrieve or generate the relevant information is determined
2.4 The type and level of information required to suit the context of the writing task is planned

Element:

3. Plan the writing task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work
3.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence
3.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
3.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

4. Create the writing task

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of the information required and the form in which the writing will be developed, constructed and presented is resolved
4.2 The intention of the writing task and the characteristics of the audience are reflected in the writing
4.3 Appropriate processes and research are utilised to retrieve the necessary information
4.4 The particular characteristics of the media are analysed to inform the writing in a way that is appropriate for the purpose of the writing
4.5 Relevant information sources are employed to generate and inform the writing task
4.5 Common literary devices and the metaphoric function of language are integrated into the writing task
4.6 Writing task is produced in accordance with writing goals

Element:

5. Realise the writing task

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The writing task is appropriate for the media, the context of the brief and the style of the subject matter
5.2 The language in which the writing task is written is suitable for the intended audience
5.3 The writing task is proofed and edited to the standard required for presentation
5.4 A draft is presented, if required, to the client to confirm that the work is acceptable
5.5 Work is adjusted as required and presented in the agreed manner and timeframe


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will have gained insight into the process of writing for children. Through research and practice you will be able to develop an initial concept into a written work for children.
  


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you learn through -

In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• reading of excerpts of writings and set texts to provide examples of writing elements
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of writings

Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Week
Starting
Class ContentAssignments DueCompetency & Elements

 Week 1

7 Feb

 Introduction to the subject. Explanation of the year’s work and assessment. Initial writing exercises.
Discussion of drafting and workshopping process.
  VBP 552 Analyse  purpose of writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUSRAD01A Collect relevant information

 Week 2

14 Feb

Looking at the elements of story. What makes a story work.....

Workshopping initial ideas and concepts.
 VBP 552 Investigate the scope of the writing task
CUSRAD01A Collect & assess information
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUVCOR03A Develop concept

 Week 3

21 Feb

Death, anxiety and pooh.
Is there any material that is inappropriate. How to find material and how to treat it.
  CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD01ACollect and assess information

 Week 4

28 Feb

The "what it"
Pushing, twisting, enlarging and idea. 

Workshopping
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Plan writing task
CUSRAD01ACollect and assess information

 Week 5

7 Mar

 Writing visually.
The illustrated text and picture book.

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Plan writing task
CUSRAD01ACollect and assess information

 Week 6

14 Mar

Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create writing task

 Week 7

21 Mar

Buddy Books.............
Conversations, dialogue and friendship

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create writing task

 Week 8

28 Mar

 Guest Speaker  CUVCOR11A Collect information on own area of work

 Week 9

4 Apr

 The everyday and the historical

Workshopping
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create writing task

 Week 10

Apr 11

 Identity and the emergence of self

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create writing task

 Week 11

18 Apr

 The character as story

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create writing task
 Mid Semester Break  

 Week 12

2 May

 The others as story

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 Create writing task

 Week 13

9 May

 A world of characters

Workshopping
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept   VBP552 Create writing task

 Week 14

16 May

Fables, fairytales and animals

Workshopping
  CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 Create writing task

 Week 15

23 May

Whole class workshopping 
 SUBMIT PICTURE BOOK TEXTS
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 Realise writing task

 Week 16

30 May

 Review of semester and discussion of material covered in Semester 2
 
 CUSRAD01A Communicate information
VBP552 Realise writing task

 Week 17

6 June

 Assessment Week   
 Semester 2   

 Week 1

4 July

 Introduction and discussion of direction and assessment requirements in Semester 2
Looking at Junior Fiction novels and what’s involved. Developing a writing practice.
 Presentations VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 2

11 July

 Characters who help you plot
Real and composite characters
Characters your reader can identify with
Presentations
 
VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 3

18 July

 Creating plot – using myths and fables to develop strong story structure.

Workshopping
Presentations
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 4

25 July

 Voice – studying voice in a range of children’s novels and finding your own

Workshopping
 Presentations VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 5

1 Aug

 Point of View – how does changing the point of view affect your story?

Workshopping
Presentations
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Plan writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 6

8 Aug

 Dialogue – making it convincing.

Workshopping
Presentations
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Plan writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 7

15 Aug

 Popular fiction
Series fiction

Workshopping
 Presentations CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Create writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 8

22 Aug

 Guest Speaker  CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory

 Week 9

29 Aug

Non-fiction for children

Presentations
 CUVCOR03A Develop concept
VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 10

5 Sep

Non-fiction for children  Submitting a proposal and writing to a brief

Workshopping 
Presentations
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUSRAD01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 11

12 Sep



Short stories for children

Workshopping
 Presentations CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
CUVCOR11A Apply information
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 12

19 Sep

 Writing from the heart – using your own and other people’s experience to create writing that means something to you and your reader

Workshopping
 Presentations CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Create writing task
CUVCOR11A Apply information
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information
 Mid Semester Break  

 Week 13

10 Oct

 Drafting and re-drafting
Writing a synopsis Pitching your idea to a publisher

Workshopping
SUBMIT NON-FICTION ARTICLE

Presentations
 CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Create writing task
CUVCOR11A Apply information
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 14

17 Oct

 Workshopping and individual consultations to help with last minute problems. Presentations CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
VBP 552 Realise writing task
CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

 Week 15

24 Oct

 Writing as a business.
- Submitting your manuscript
- Which publisher?
- How to write a covering letter
- Contracts
Making a living as a writer for Children - Speaking in schools.


 SUBMIT NOVEL
 CUSRAD 01A Collect,assess and organise information

 Week 16

31 Oct

 Melbourne Cup Weekend  

 Week 17

7 Nov

 Assessment Week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed material will be provided by the teacher


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Semester 1.
1. Picture Book Texts.
Two texts suitable for picture books. Submissions includes a dummy for each picture book to demonstrate an understanding of the format. Actual illustrations are not required. Due 23 May (30%)

2.Book Reviews.
A review of a minimum of 15 picture books. As you read each book, post a brief response on blackboard. This works as a starting point for on-line discussion and become a shared resource for the class. (5%)

3. Non-fiction article. 
An article suitable for Comet or Explore magazines, following the guidelines put out by the publishers on their website regarding themes, word count, content etc. Due 10 Oct. (10%)

4. Book Reviews.
A review of a minimum of 3 junior novels. As you read each book, post a brief response on blackboard. This works as a starting point for on-line discussion and become a shared resource for the class. (5%)

5. Novel
 A short novel of around 4000 words suitable for younger readers. Due 24 October (30%)

6. Class Presentation
 A 10 minute class presentation on a subject of your choice. The subject should be related to children’s literature and you need to to let the teacher know the topic you have chosen at least a week before their presentation date is due. You are required to hand in the written notes from their talk with all sources acknowledged. (10%)

7. Class exercises and workshopping. (10%)

Assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further information on the criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant
Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program
administration

Other Information

Submission of assessments
Submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Feedback:
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback from your teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are
unable to complete any piece of assessment on or by the due date, you will need to
apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%
20Syers;SECTION=1;

 

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