Advanced Writing

Grade Level: advanced 8th grade to 12th grades

This high school level course is designed to equip students with the skills, techniques, and confidence to write a variety of expository and persuasive essays to ensure competency for college level writing. The text for this class, The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School (2nd ed.), by Sharon features a variety of essay assignments at the beginners, intermediate and advanced high school level writer.  The Advanced Writing class is appropriate for the intermediate and advance (honors) level high school writer who has had a solid year or background in writing five paragraph minimum essays and is ready to write more in-depth papers of 350 to 1500 (honors up to 3000) word minimum and multi-paragraph/ page papers. Each lesson offers specific step by step directions which go beyond surface formatting and stylistic techniques.  Although these are important and will be required, this class will address essay clarity, unity, cohesiveness, logic and appeals as well as ask students purposeful questions so they can write with more depth and critical thinking. MLA style and research methods will be included in each assignment.  The text includes sample paragraphs and papers from students and published literature as examples for modeling and analyzing.  Students will also read essays, speeches and articles as source documents for assignments. The class also includes a weekly study of rhetorical devices for students to identify and employ in their writing assignments. Rhetorical and literary analysis will be added to this class to help students prepare for the SAT writing format. An honors component is available.

Essay / Topics:

  • Opinion Essay
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Cause & Effect Essay
  • Logical Paper
  • Moral / Ethical Paper
  • Emotional Appeal
  • Process/Problem-Solution
  • Position Paper
  • Non-fiction Writing
  • Biography Project
  • Personal Testimony Essay
  • College Admission Essay
  • Descriptive Essay
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Genres
  • Journalism

High School Credit: 1 English Credit

Required Texts:  The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, by Sharon Watson; Elements of Style by Strunk and White; The Writer’s Toolbox: Using Rhetorical Devices to Improve Communication by Patricia Samuelsen with Megan Samuelsen. Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale

Tuition Cost: $570.00 per year for first child, $520.00 if paid in full on or before the first day of class or monthly payment of $58.75.  Sibling Discount Available.


                         Monday      The Village Christian Academy - Harrisburg            11:00 am - 12:00 pm            

                         Wednesday   Homeschool Room - Matthews                                2:55 pm - 3:55 pm    

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