This Introduction to Writing class for advanced 6thgraders to 9th graders 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 and a 6 - week MLA research paper unit on an animal of the student’s choice (although no two students can choose the same animal). Both projects include presentations. All assignments are evaluated and graded.
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of grammar and sentence structure.
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 payments of $58.75. Sibling Discount Available.
Testimony: “We have been pleased for the past several years (8 yrs). Mrs. Gartrell has helped to launch two of ours into college level writing. They are thriving and one of them was complimented by the head of the English Dept. because of her writing and grammar skills. We are definitely appreciative of Mrs. Gartrell’s willingness to guide our children in becoming strong writers.”
(mom of students in classes from WriteShop Jr. to American Lit. & Comp) J. Kennedy