Welcome to the JFK Writing Resources page.  Get to know the resources offered here.  They will help students improve writing, which is an Essential Skill that must be demonstrated in order to earn an Oregon diploma.

Use the tabs to left to find information relating to a particular writing need.  Here is a brief overview:
  • Citing Evidence:  This shows us how to blend quotations or other cited evidence into our own writing to avoid plagiarism.  Most plagiarism is unintentional, so this tab will help us avoid mistakes that could result in a failing assignment.
  • Cornell Notes:  50% of what we hear today will be forgotten tomorrow.  That's a depressing fact when we have a test coming up.  The Cornell Note-taking system is proven to be the most effective way to stay focused in class, to obtain the most important content, and to study it so we remember it. 
  • Editing Checklist & Tutorials:  This covers the ten most common writing errors.  Eliminating these from our writing is often the only difference between success and failure.  If we are not sure how to find some of these errors, we can refer to the Syntax Tutorials for more information.  This page also includes some tools for analyzing sentences and identifying the various parts of speech, even when those jobs are filled by a phrase or clause..
  • Poetry:  Check out the resources offered to help analyze poetry.  Poetry also provides many excellent tools for improving any kind of writing by breathing life into it. 
  • Rhetoric:  This is the art of persuasion, either in speaking or in writing.  Do we want to know how to win arguments and convince people to agree with us?  Check out these resources.
  • Style:  This tab offers guidance on using MLA or APA format.  
  • Syntax Tutorials:  see Editing Checklist above.
  • Text Structures:  A writer must always choose the best way to get his or her point across.  Therefore, knowledge of the various text structures is essential to effective writing.  Text structure is also critical to close reading.  If we recognize the structure, we will know exactly where to find the main point and how to connect it to its support.  
  • The Hero's Journey:  This is a wonderful tool for analyzing fiction and drama.  The model helps us break down what is taking place in the story and understand why it is happening.  This model is a far superior method for discovering theme than the old plot-line structure.
  • Vocabulary:  Words are the building blocks of ideas.  If our vocabulary is limited, so will our thoughts be limited.  One useful resource on this page is a list of Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes.  Experts tell us that, for every Greek or Latin root we know, we can figure out the meaning of up to seventeen unknown words in English.
  • Writing Aids:  Here is information to help us with various parts of speech, like pronouns and verbs.  There are also lists of prepositions, conjunctions, and transitions.        
  • Writing Process:  The key to successful writing is following a process.  The resources on this page will help you understand how the process can work for you.
  • Writing Rubrics:  Here are the JFK Writing Rubrics.  Our final score on an essay should not come as a surprise.  Smart writers will use the Rubrics to assess their own writing before submitting it for grading.
  • Writing Web Links:  Here are links to some beneficial resources.  The OSLIS Citation Maker is a popular tool.
  • X File Cabinet:  There is nothing to access on this page.

Special thanks goes to Eric Cortes, Class of 2016, for designing and building this webpage as his Senior Project.