The Advanced Writer
suggested for grades 10th-12th
advanced writing skills
After studying grammar, the student now has an understanding of the eight parts of speech, proper sentence structure, and punctuation rules; however there are still many writing skills to cover. Students in this class will learn about active vs. passive voice, logical sentence construction, faulty comparisons, mixed constructions, parallelism, misplaced and dangling modifiers, sentence variety, effective use of language, and concise writing.
choosing & using sources
Choosing and using sources is a key part of successful academic essay writing. Students in this class will learn about the different types of sources and how each type of source meets a different information need. Students will learn how to evaluate sources, then use sources ethically, by creating a works cited list and in-text citations. Finally, students will learn proper use of quotations and achieve an understanding of balanced source use within papers.
the expository essay
In this class, students will focus on learning how to write the expository essay. Expository thesis development will be at the forefront of this class, as students learn to inform readers about meaningful topics while utilizing research & citation skills. Students will use their skills in expository writing to construct a definition essay, a classification essay, a compare/contrast essay, a cause and effect essay, and a problem and solution essay.
the persuasive essay
In this class, students will focus on learning how to write the persuasive essay. Persuasive thesis development will be at the forefront of this class, as students learn to persuade, use evidence well, and respond to the counter argument while utilizing research & citation skills. Students will use their growing knowledge and skills to write five persuasive essays.
The advanced essay
This class guides students logically through the components of critical analysis, beginning with skills in paraphrasing and summarizing, followed by skills in critical reading and analyzing rhetoric. Throughout the second half of the class, students put these skills into practice by writing four different types of essays, all of which will demand strong critical thinking, thorough analysis, and growing writing style. Students enrolling for this class should have completed our expository and argumentative essay classes or demonstrate proficiency in such skills through submission of other work.
Exploratory writing begins with a question. Research is then conducted to find potential answers that are shared with readers. This course guides the student through the process of writing an exploratory research paper of 1800-2200 words. Students learn how to develop a research question, choose and analyze a minimum of 10 sources, group sources by potential answer, and organize a successful exploratory paper. Students enrolled in this class should already be generally comfortable with writing a basic research paper, utilizing a variety of sources, and constructing a bibliography and a works cited list.
sat essay prep
This course instructs the student on the SAT timed essay. First, the structure of the SAT essay will be introduced. Then, students will spend several weeks studying strategies on how to write a successful SAT essay. Concepts covered include understanding the purpose and scoring system for the essay, learning how to read the prompt and analyze the text, developing a great thesis and introduction, writing the body and conclusion of the essay, managing time, understanding specific persuasive techniques and how to maintain objectivity within the essay, and practicing strategies for raising essay score
act essay prep
This course instructs the student on the ACT timed essay. First, the structure of the ACT essay will be introduced. Then, students will spend several weeks studying strategies on how to write a successful ACT essay. Concepts covered include understanding and evaluating the scoring system, understanding the core question and core perspectives, building a support bank, developing a great thesis and introduction, writing the body and conclusion, managing time, avoiding the ineffective while writing, and finally, learning strategies to raise essay score.
Writing is frequently used in professional settings, and high school students should have a solid grasp of the most common forms of professional writing. Students will learn how to create and write the following: letters and emails, an observation report, an interview with response, a survey with response, an application essay, a scholarship essay, a cover letter, and a resume.
Are you interested in starting your own business? Or do you plan to pursue a career in the business world? This course will help the student grow beyond general professional writing skills to be better prepared for the world of business. Using polite, professional language and style, students will learn how to create and write the following: a company analysis, a business plan, a business proposal, and a status report. Students will also learn how to use writing to grow their businesses and to grow themselves as an entrepreneur or business leader.