Introduction to Writing

Grade Level: advanced 6 grade - to 9th

This class uses the WriteShop¬© I curriculum.   This incremental, non-threatening approach to writing enables students to successfully enhance their writing skills by learning to write and edit compositions from various genres through engaging assignments.  We will focus on mastering the fundamental building blocks of writing using hands on techniques, games, and a variety of activities.  Students learn to write concise and explicit descriptive, informative, and narrative essays as well as expository reports.  Each lesson includes a Skill Builder activity for students to practice new grammatical and stylistics skills that are incorporated in each lesson.  A self-editing and proofreading checklist is included with each lesson to help students focus on lesson requirements, skills learned, content, composition, and mechanics. We will generally spend 2 weeks on each lesson except for our two (2) major projects; a 5 to 6 -week Journalism unit where the students work in groups to create and produce an historical newspaper and a 6 - week research report unit where students will research an animal, write an MLA style report and present it in class. All assignments are evaluated and graded.

Topics Include:

  • Descriptive Compositions
  • Concrete language
  • Sensory Details
  • Sentence Varieties
  • Short Research Report
  • Biographical Report
  • Outlining
  • Journalism (Historical Newspaper Unit)
  • Narrative Compositions
  • Point of View Compositions

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of grammar and sentence structure.

Required Texts: 

  • WriteShop I
  • Write Source 2000 (ed. 1999)
  • Synonym Finder (J.I. Rodale) or Dictionary/ Thesaurus
  • Various Handouts (provided by teacher)

Tuition Cost: $520.00 per year for first child, $470.00 if paid in full on or before the first day of class or monthly payments of $52.50.  Sibling Discount Available.


                        Tuesday               Covenant Church Harrisburg              11:40 am - 12:40 pm         

                        Wednesday        Homeschool Room (Matthews)           12:25 pm  -  1:25 pm        


Sample Syllabus

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