Practical Composition Skills

Practical Composition Skills

Practical Composition Skills

The Practical Composition Skills class for grades 7th to 9th uses the first half of WriteShop ©II (lessons 17 – 23) but follows it at a slower pace than the Intermediate Writing, Level I class allowing students to focus on sentence and paragraph development as well as writing using a variety writing genres such as descriptive, narrative and literary.  Writing assignments are interesting, purposeful and engaging.  Besides writing instruction, students will learn how to or continue to learn self-editing skills so they are less reliant upon their teachers and better able to confidentially produce quality work. Students will read The Bronze Bow for a thorough study of literary elements and related essays. We will end the year with a biographical research project and presentation.  All assignments are evaluated and graded.


Class Topics

  • Sentence  Variations
  • Paragraph Development
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Narratives (various points of view)
  • Literature Study - The Bronze Bow
  • Opinion Writing
  • On-line Grammar Assignments
  • Biographical Research Project
  • Weekly Grammar, Mechanics & Usage (GUM)
  • Information Literacy as it pertains to research
  • High School Credit: ½  to 3/4 credit (adding another Literature unit from Progeny Press or Total Language Plus for example) and Vocabulary (ie Wordly Wise) will complete your English program)


Prerequisites: Introduction to Writing I or an understanding of word types and sentence structure.


Required Texts:  WriteShop II 5th ed. ; Write on Course 2020 (ed. 2016); Synonym Finder; Various Handouts


Tuition Cost:

$530.00 per year for first child, $480.00 if paid in full on or before the first day of class or monthly payments of $53.75.  Sibling Discount Available



  • Tuesday - Virtual Class - 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm


2021-2022 Registration Form 

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