Camp Composition

Camp Composition 2014

A writing camp to help your 4th-10th grade student be a better writer.

Camp Composition is offered for six continuous Saturdays from 9:00a.m. to Noon, leading up to the FCAT 2.0 exam. It is held at the UNF College of Education and Human Services (Petway Hall- Building 57, Room 2503)

Student Writers        Engaged Learning





***An orientation will be held for parents and registered students on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 6-7 pm in Building 57, Room 1100A. 

  • January 18th
  • January 25th
  • February 1st
  • February 8th
  • February 15th
  • February 22nd

A completed form and registration fee of $240 is required. There is limited space, so register early.  No refunds will be available after January 3rd, 2014. A healthy snack will be provided. Scholarships will be offered on a limited basis for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and/or attend a Title 1 school. Confirmation from the school is required. A reduced fee is available for siblings.



Please help your student be a better FCAT: Florida Writer as well as a lifelong writer! 




Week 1: Writing Prompts for FCAT and for Life

Week 1 will introduce 4th-10th grade students to writing prompts that promote stronger FCAT and lifelong skills. Further, students will be asked to write a diagnostic essay, which will help local lead area teachers better place students into individualized writing teams. 

Week 2: Prewriting Strategies

Students will begin week 2 by receiving feedback on their first diagnostic writing prompt. As a result of their diagnostic writing, students will then be placed into writing teams led by local lead area teachers. With their assigned local lead area teacher and new team members, this second week will focus on prewriting strategies. At the end of this session, students will write another writing prompt.

Week 3: Drafting Strategies

Students will start week 3 by rejoining their writing teams and local lead area teachers. Lead area teachers will begin this week once again by offering students feedback on their writing prompts from the previous week. Once this feedback has been discussed, teams will use week 3 to focus specifically on lifelong drafting strategies. Students will again end their day by writing another FCAT and/or lifelong writing prompt.

Week 4: Revising Strategies

After they receive feedback from last week’s writing prompt, students will again meet in their writing teams with their local lead area teacher. This week’s FCAT and lifelong writing focus will on revising strategies. Students will end week 4 by writing to another FCAT and/or lifelong writing prompt.

Week 5: Editing Strategies

Students will begin week 5 with feedback from week 4’s writing prompt. Following this feedbacks’ discussion, students and local lead area teachers will then focus on editing strategies. Week 5 will end by asking students to write another FCAT and/or lifelong writing prompt.

Week 6: Writing Celebration!

The final week of Camp Composition will end with a Writing Celebration!, where students will not only receive feedback on last week’s writing prompt, but also celebrate their new understandings about being strong FCAT writers and stronger lifelong writers.


Sign up for individual conferences with teachers from 12:00-12:30 during weeks 2-6. 



Healthy Body, Healthy Mind       Positive Feedback



Dr. Christine Weber in the Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at the University of North Florida.