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.
Composition 101 A & 101 B 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.
In this course, students will:
- Increase proficiency in the basic mechanics of grammar
- Develop a sense of voice
- Organize ideas into a clear outline
- Develop a thesis statement with help
- 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. And 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 101B is designed for 7th graders and 8th graders with little or no previous writing experience.
Class work will take approximately 1 hour per day for Level B Basic Composition students.