These classes are designed for the beginning writer and introduce students to the fundamentals of writing and a wide variety of genres. Students begin the year with a review of paragraph writing, then are introduced to writing with voice. A variety of styles of writing are covered, including memoir, narrative, poetry, expository, and comparison.
Students will be able to write multi-paragraph pieces by the end of the course. The final unit of the course will include a multi-week research project. Students use a workshop approach to critique, revise, and edit one another's work.
These two courses use the same online classroom and teach the styles of writing together with different assignment topics and expectations for each. This allows advanced students to slide from Level A to Level B in one year or spend a full year at each level.
● Comprehend the basic mechanics of grammar
● Create well developed paragraphs
● Use sensory details in writing
● Understand the purpose of a thesis statement
● Revise a piece based on feedback
● Students will submit their fictional story to a contest of their choice as part of the class
● Daily contact with a coach who evaluates mastery and skills will be provided
● A Parent Handbook in ebook form is included. This handbook gives you tips and suggestions for how to help/guide your child in their work. Weekly parent suggestions are also given in the classroom materials.
Composition 101A is designed for 6th graders and 7th graders with little or no previous writing experience.
1 hour a day for Level A Basic Composition students
● Writing with Heart: A Resource Guide to Engage Writers—available in our online store
● One novel of the student’s choice
● Three fiction short stories of the student’s choice (resources provided)
● Collection of six poems of the student’s choice (resources provided)
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Go to the Week 15 Board and make the revisions to your compare contrast paper as recommended by your coach in your conference.
Wednesday: Finalize your topic for the upcoming persuasive essay by answering the questions in the attached document called "Plans for Persuasive Essay." Post your responses in the Week 16 file called "Plans for Persuasive Essay."
Thursday: Using the list of partners below, use the Editing Checklist on a peer's compare contrast paper.
Partners — students' names would appear here
Tell what book you plan to read for the upcoming book review. Post the title, author, and number of pages in the Week 16 file called "Book Review Selection." You have until Friday of Week 18 to finish reading your book and to complete the Book Review Collection Sheet (it is attached to the Week 18 syllabus).
Friday: Today there are three tasks.
● Use the editing feedback from your peer to put your compare contrast essay in final form for grading. You are encouraged at this point to have an adult help you edit.
● Post your compare contrast essay as an attachment to the Week 16 file called "Compare Contrast Essay - Final Copy."
● By now your coach will have checked your plans for your persuasive essay. Go to the Week 16 file, "Plans for Persuasive Essay," and read those comments. Make any suggested changes and post them in the Conference Room so your plans can be approved before you proceed with the rough draft.
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