Course Title: Produce Writings - Writing for Children

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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: Rachel Flynn
Email: rachel.flynn@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


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Format of picture books
        VBP 552 Analyse  purpose of writing task
      CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
      CUVCOR03A Develop concept
      CUSRAD01A Collect relevant information

       Week 2

      Exploring ideas and characters
          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


          Thinking about audience.

          Workshopping
            CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
          CUSRAD01ACollect and assess information

           Week 4


          Plotting your picture book 

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

           Week 5

          Illustrations - Art and Text
            Turning pages
              Presenting draft of picture
              book text
               
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              VBP 552 Plan writing task
              CUSRAD01ACollect and assess information

               Week 6

               

              Labour Day Holiday

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

               Week 7

               

              The process of redrafting

              Workshopping
              Assessment 1 Reviews of
              picture books
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
              VBP 552 Create writing task

               Week 8

               

               Writing in verse Assessment 1 Reviews of
              picture books (cont.)
               CUVCOR11A Collect information on own area of work

               Week 9

               

               Creating storyworlds

              Workshopping
               Assessment 1 Reviews of
              picture books
              (cont.)
              CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
              VBP 552 Create writing task
               Easter Break  

               Week 10


               Ideas for writing non-fiction

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

               Week 11

               

               Non-fiction (cont.)

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

               Week 12


               Novels, starting points

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

               Week 13


               Developing character

              Workshopping
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept   VBP552 Create writing task

               Week 14


              Effective openings

              Workshopping
              Assessment 2
              Two picture book texts due
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
              VBP552 Create writing task

               Week 15

               

              Prose styles
              Assessment 3 Non-fiction article due
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
              VBP552 Realise writing task

               Week 16

               

               Review and assessment  of material covered in Semester 1
               
               CUSRAD01A Communicate information
              VBP552 Realise writing task

               Week 17


               Assessment Week- no classes
                
               Semester 2   

               Week 1

               

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

               Week 2


               Establishing and sustaining viewpoint

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

               Week 3


               
              Endings
              Assessment 1
              Reviews of novels
               VBP 552 Create writing task
              CUVCOR03A Develop concept
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 4

               

               Dialogue

              Workshopping
               Assessment 1
              Reviews of novels (cont)
               VBP 552 Create writing task
              CUVCOR03A Develop concept
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 5


               The narrator’s voice

              Workshopping
              Assessment 1
              Reviews of novels (cont)
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              VBP 552 Create writing task
              CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 6

               

               Genres

              Workshopping

               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory

               Week 7


               Ideas for non-fiction books

              Workshopping
                CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 8


               Attending Melbourne’s Writers’ Festival
                CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory

               Week 9

               

              Presentations of novel cover design

              Workshopping non-fiction projects

               
               CUVCOR03A Develop concept
              VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
              CUVCOR11A Apply information 
              CUSRAD01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 10



              Workshopping of novels
               
              CUVCOR03A Develop concept
              VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
              CUVCOR11A Apply information 
              CUSRAD01A - Organise & communicate information
              Weeks 11 and 12Workshopping of novelsAssessment 2
              Group presentations
               
               Semester Break 24 Sept - 1 Oct  

               Weeks 13 and 14

               




              Workshopping of novels
              Assessment 2
              Group presentations  (cont.)
               CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept
              VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
              CUVCOR11A Apply information
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 15

              24 Oct

              What next?Assessment 3

              Novel Submission
              CUVCOR03A Develop & communicate concept  CUSRAD 01A Collect,assess and organise information

               Week 16

               

               Starting  your next project
               
              VBP 552 Analyse purpose and investigate scope of writing task
              CUSRAD 01A - Organise & communicate information

               Week 17


               Assessment Week - no classes
                


              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.

              Assessment 1.Book Reviews. (5%)
              A review of a minimum of 15 picture books. As you read each book, write a brief review to be shared with class members. This works as a starting point for discussion and become a shared resource for the class.
              Due Weeks 7,8,9 (March 19th and 26th, April 2nd )

              Assessment 2. Picture Book Texts. (30%)
              Submit two texts suitable for picture books. Submissions to include:
              •a fully drafted text arranged in 24 or 32 pages
              •a dummy
              •notes about the illustrations
              •a letter/pitch to an appropriate publisher
              •three Australian publishers to whom you may send your text
              •a reflection on the process of writing: Consider your starting point, how you have engaged the audience, workshopping, redrafting and dealing with problems
               Due Week 14 (May 14 )

              Assessment 3: Non-fiction article.  (10%)
              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 Week 15 (May 21.)

              Assessment 4: Workshopping (5%)
              Ongoing workshopping of writing exercises and projects

              Semenster 2

              Assessment 1: Book Reviews. (5%)
              A review of a minimum of 3 junior novels. As you read each book, write a brief review to be shared with class members. This works as a starting point for discussion and become a shared resource for the class.
              Due Weeks 3,4 and 5 (July 16, 23 and 30 )

              Assessment 2: Group  Presentation (10%)
              A 10 -15 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. Due Weeks 11-14 (September 10th, 17th and  October 8th, 15th)


              Assessment 3: Novel - 5,000 words. (30%)
              Although the final draft is due in Week 15 Oct 22 there are four stages to hand in or present in class during the semester.

              • Opening of novel - Due week 2 (July 9th)
              • Draft of novel in progressand reflection on process - Due week 7 (August 13th)
              • Presentation of cover design- Due weeks 9 and 10 (August 27th, September 3rdz)
              • Finished NovelDue week 15 (October 22nd)

              Assessment 4: Workshopping. (5%)
              Ongoing workshopping of writing exercises and projects

              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 Assessment Tasks
              You are required to 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.

              Late Submissions
              If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
              Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

              Feedback
              You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

              Academic Integrity
              Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

              Special Consideration Policy
              Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
              http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1


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