Beginning Writer Checklist

The attached checklist is used to teach beginning writers the process for three writing modes: Narrative, Argumentative, and Explanatory. The purpose of using a checklist while students are drafting essays is to help them organize their thoughts and be mindful of common syntax mistakes.

In addition, I composed this checklist based on my prior experience in journalism (there are some AP style guidelines included) as well as my experience working with new writers.

Josette Compton is in her fifth year of teaching English Language Arts and Journalism. Prior to joining the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts, where she teaches ninth grade English, she served as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member in Atlanta, where she taught Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, and launched the school’s first ever student magazine. She is a proud graduate of Howard University and The New School, and is now pursuing her doctorate at Northeastern University in digital arts integration. Prior to teaching, Josette worked as a magazine journalist in New York City for publications such as Entertainment Weekly, XXL, People, and Interview magazines, all of which influence her instructional practices in writing, reading comprehension, and visual storytelling. At present, she utilizes arts integration as a means to ensure that students are able to synthesize information across content and curate their artwork. Outside of the classroom, Josette paints and volunteers at an arts-based nonprofit called Jamocha Arts Center.