Beginning in March 2023, we will offer a new structure for our writing courses. Instead of having rolling start dates like we did in 2022, you can begin ANY writing class ANY time! You can sign up for any writing course at any time and work at your own pace through the modules. We will have one writing workshop live class per month where you can come and get feedback on your writing and share your work with other students around the world!
Each month, Mrs. Mindy will offer two live class choices. You pick the one that works best for you each month! It doesn't matter what course you are working in, where you are at in the course, or what you are currently working on. The live classes are a time for everyone to get feedback no matter what they are sharing! Writing courses for next year include:
Elements of Writing
This course is designed to introduce your child to elements of good writing. It covers audience and author's purpose. The writing process (including prewriting strategies, drafting, revising and editing) is introduced. It also teaches the structure of an essay based on the keyhole method. Finally, students learn about the 6 traits of writing and how to assess their own writing in a holistic way.
Creative Writing I
This course is designed to introduce your child to elements of creative writing. It covers narrative structures, how to craft a narrative, elements of plot, elements of characterization, elements of setting and how to craft narratives and poetry that exemplify these characteristics.
Creative Writing II
This is the only course that has a pre-requisite. You must take creative writing I prior to creative writing II as this course builds upon the first. Take a deep dive into narrative structures, elements of novel writing, and how to really hone in on the craft.
In this course students explore different modes of essay writing such as expository, persuasive, and literary analysis. Basic research skills are introduced such as evaluation and incorporation of sources. Students learn how to craft a strong essay. If your child has not taken Elements of Writing, it is highly encouraged that he or she does so. However, it's not a requirement.
NEW OFFERING- Research Writing- Coming in Spring of 2024!
Research Writing I
In this course students are introduced to research writing including how to find and evaluate sources, the beginnings of MLA format including document design, in text citations and works cite page, plagiarism and why it's important to avoid it, The students will also choose a topic for their research paper for Research Writing II.
Research Writing II
In this course students are guided through a gentle step by step process for writing a research paper. We will work together through all of the stages of writing and have a final product at the end.
Include downloadable PDF workbooks, video course content, and quarterly author’s chair celebrations. Written teacher feedback is given twice during each course; once at the midway point and again at the end. The courses are 8 weeks long and each week consists of one module.
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