Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing instruction is an integral part of curricula at Kenwood Academy and clearly articulated in our mission statement. The school employs a common writing model known at MEL Con, ACTS, and STAC. A glossary of the acronyms can be found below. The model originated at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

As a starting point, via an online writing program, a diagnostic assessment was administered during summer orientation. These data points provide faculty with a framework for instructional design and implementation. In quarter one, the model is introduced and taught in the English language arts department. At quarter two and beyond, all core and non-core teachers are responsible for implementing the model.

At a minimum, students will write fourteen structured essays. Similarly speaking, the model progressively prepares students for argumentation. The argumentative essay is the cornerstone of the writing model. It is the foremost approach to meta-cognition and critical thought. In all, Kenwood graduates will enter college or other postsecondary endeavors with the necessary writing skills for academic success.

Glossary of Acronyms:

MEL Con - (M) Main idea (E) Evidence or examples (L) Link, and (C) Conclusion

ACTS - (A) Attention Getter (C) Connector Statement (T) Thesis (S) Summary

STAC - (S) Summarize two points (T) Thesis restated in a new way (A) Attention
Getter Revisited (C) Clincher