Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for Older Children

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5441

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for Older Children

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Judith Rossell

Email: judith.rossell@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 85

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, Refine Writing and Editing –Writing for Older Children is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies.
• CUVCOR04A - Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
• CUVCOR13A - Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
• CUECOR01B - Manage own work and learning
• CUSADM03A - Manage a project
• CUVDES05A - Interpret and respond to a brief
• CUSRAD02A - Conduct research

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to write for middle and late primary aged children. You analyse and discuss a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writing for this audience while developing concepts for your own projects. You also experiment with writing and editing techniques in order to write a work that meets the particular needs of a young readership.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for Older Children


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a concept into a written work for children.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you learn through-

1. 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 of students’ choice

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


Teaching Schedule

 Date        Class Content                  
Assessment       DueElements 
 Wk1
Feb 8
 Introduction to the course. Explanation of the year’s work and assessment - timelines etc.

Initial writing exercises.
Discussion of drafting and workshopping process.


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 Wk 2
Feb 15
 Looking at picture books – discussion of format.
Looking at differences between picture books for younger and older children – themes, text, design etc.
Initial ideas and concepts
  VBP553 - 2
CUVDES05A  - 1
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1
CUSRAD02A -2
CUSADM03A - 2
CUECOR01B -1



 Wk 3
Feb 22
Begin workshopping
Where do our stories come from
Exploring ideas, triggers, memory.
 
  

VBP553 - 1/2
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1/2
CUSRAD02A - 2
CUSADM03A - 1/2

 Wk 4
Mar 1
Writing visually. Studying the relationship between text and illustration and learning to write from pictures and for pictures.                              

VBP553 - 1/2
CUVCOR13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1/2
CUSRAD02A - 2/3                       

 Wk 5
Mar 8
 Beginnings, Middles and Ends. Creating a storyline – plotting in picture books Student presentation
 VBP553 - 4
CUVDES05A  - 2
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 2/3
CUSADM03A - 2
CUECOR01B -2
 Wk 6
Mar 15
 Who are you writing for? Finding the child reader Student presentation
 VBP553 - 1
CUVDES05A  - 1
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUSRAD02A -1
CUSADM03A - 1

 Wk 7
Mar 22
Exploring the language of picture books and comparing with other forms of fiction

Workshopping
 Student presentation VBP553 - 1/2
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A -3
 Wk 8
Mar 29
Characters who drive stories. Looking at strong characters in picture books and creating characters that readers will care about.
Workshopping
Student presentation
 VBP553 - 2/4
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 2
CUSADM03A - 3

 Wk 9
 Apr 5
Setting as character
 Student presentation VBP553 - 2/4
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 2
CUSADM03A - 3
 Wk 10
 Apr 12
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 VBP553 - 4
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUVCOR04A - 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4

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 Wk 11
 Apr 19
 Whole class workshopping All students to bring an extract to workshop
CUVCOR04A - 4/5
CUECOR01B - 3
 Mid Semester Break
April 21 - 27 (inclusive)
  
 Wk 12
  May3
 Themes and content– are there any rules in picture books for older
children?
 Student presentation 
VBP553 - 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3

 Wk 13
  May 10
 What is it about rhyme that children love and publishers are wary of? Student presentationVBP553 - 5
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUSRAD02A -2

 
 Wk 14
 May 17
  Non-fiction and pictures Student presentationVBP553 - 5
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUSRAD02A -2
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 Wk 15
 May 24
Writing for the Education market Picture Book Texts Due VBP553 - 5
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUSRAD02A -2
 Wk 16
May 31
All Class Workshopping Non-fiction article due

 CUVCOR04A - 3/4
CUECOR01B - 3
 Wk 17
June7
 Assessment Week 

 SEMESTER 2   
Wk 1
Jul 5
Introduction and discussion of direction and assessment requirements in Semester 2
Looking at Junior fiction and what’s involved. Developing a writing practice.
 Student presentation VBP553 - 2
CUVDES05A  - 1
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1
CUSRAD02A -2
CUSADM03A - 2
CUECOR01B -1
Wk 2
Jul 12
 Characters who help you plot
Real and composite characters
Characters your reader can identify with
 Student presentation VBP553 - 1/4
CUVCOR13A - 2
CUSADM03A - 3
Wk 3
Jul 19
 Creating plot – using myths and fables to develop strong story structure. Student presentation VBP553 - 4
CUVDES05A  - 2
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 2/3
Wk 4
Jul 26
Writing from the heart – using your own and other people’s experience to create writing that means something to you and your reader
 Student presentationVBP553 - 3
CUSRAD02A - 1/2/3
CUSRAD02A -4

Wk 5
Aug 2
 Voice – studying voice in a range of children’s novels and finding your own Student presentation  VBP553 - 1
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 3
CUSRAD02A -4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3
 Wk 6
Aug 9
 Point of View – how does changing the point of view affect your story? Student presentation VBP553 - 1/4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3
Wk 7
Aug16
 Dialogue – making it convincing. Student presentationVBP553 - 1/4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3
Wk 8
Aug 23

Secondary characters – Your protagonist can’t do it on their own
 Student presentation Article due VBP553 - 1/4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3
 Wk 9
Aug 30
 Mood, Emotion, Atmosphere.
Guiding the reader’s feelings and responses.
 Student presentation VBP553 - 1/4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3

Wk 10
Sep 6
 Literary v popular fiction – do you have to separate them? Student presentationVBP553 - 1/4
CUVCOR 13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A - 1
Wk 11
Sep13
Whole class workshopping
 All students to bring an extract to workshop  CUVCOR04A - 3/4
CUECOR01B - 3
Wk 12
Sep 20
 The drafting process
•How many drafts?
•Editing and polishing - When is enough really enough?
Chapter outlines – do they help?

 VBP553 - 4/5
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR04A - 4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
 Mid Semester Break
Sep 26 to Oct 7 (inclusive)
  
Wk 13
Oct 11
 Reviewing childrens’ books – Different ways of getting into print Student presentation VBP553 - 1
CUVDES05A - 1/2/3
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 1/4
 Wk 14
Oct 18
 Submitting your manuscript
Which publisher?
How to write a covering letter
Contracts
Workshopping and individual consultations to help with last minute problems
 Student presentationVBP553 - 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4

 Wk 15
Oct 25
Making a living as a writer for Children - Speaking in schools

 
Novel assessment due
 
CUVCOR 13A - 3

Wk 16
Nov 1
 Guest Publisher Student presentation VBP553 - 5
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B - 3
 Wk 17
Nov 8
 Assessment Week   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material is provided in class


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. Submission includes a dummy for each picture book to demonstrate an understanding of the format. Actual illustrations are not required. Due 24 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 31 May. (10%)

4. Class exercises and workshopping. (5%)

Semester 2
1. Novel
 A short novel of around 4000 words suitable for younger readers. Due 25 October (30%)

2. 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%)

3. 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. (5%)



Grades used in this course are as follows:

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

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and 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

Feedback
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback by 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 Submission
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 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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