Intermediate Writing, Level II

Grade Level: advance  8th  to 11th  grade

This class focuses on style techniques and the rudiments for writing various types of essays; such as expository, analytical and persuasive as well as incorporating research in MLA format. Assignments will range from 5 paragraphs to 2 to 3 page papers. Five paragraph essays are begun within the first few lessons, to eventually focus on parallel writing and timed writing activities. Students will develop more in-depth writing techniques that will include several types of persuasive / argumentative writing assignments. Projects include a research paper, critical analysis and “Advertising in Truth” unit.  This class also allows for a creative writing unit and an introduction to writing about and studying literature in depth using John Steinbeck’s, The Pearl.   An honors option (2 extra essays per quarter) is available for this class.

Class Topics

  • Review Descriptive & Narrative Essays
  • Concrete language & Sensory Details
  • Review Sentence Varieties
  • Writing with clarity & good word usage
  • Short Expository Research Paper
  • Expository essays (Compare & Contrast and Definition Essay)
  • Vocabulary for literary unit
  • Opinion and persuasion writing
  • Writing with parallelism
  • G.U.M. – Grammar/ Usage / Mechanics weekly exercise assignments
  • Critical and analytical writing for reviews and editorials
  • “Advertising in Truth” – Understanding persuasive propaganda from the media
  • Literary study of The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • On-line Grammar Programs

Prerequisites: Intro to Writing I or Intermediate Writing, Level I, or a basic understanding of grammar, sentence structure, or prior writing experience through a love of writing or a prior writing curriculum.

High School Credit: ½ to 1  English Credit (you may need to add 1 or 2 more novel studies)

Required Texts:

  • WriteShop II
  • Writer’s Inc. (2006 ed.)
  • The Blue Book of Grammar (11th edition)
  • Synonym Finder (J.I. Rodale)
  • Collegiate Dictionary /Thesaurus

Tuition Cost: $545.00 per year for first child, $495.00 if paid in full on or before the first day of class monthly payment of $55.63.  Sibling Discount Available.


                                      Tuesday    Covenant Church Harrisburg               1:45 pm - 2:45 pm       

                                   Wednesday     Homeschool Room (Matthews)      1:45 pm - 2:45 pm         


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