The Growing Writer
suggested for grades 7th-9th
growing Grammar I
Writing isn't just about having good ideas. A good writer studies mechanics in order to write correctly, logically, and intelligently. This class covers the first five parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) along with thorough instruction in verb tenses and simple sentence structure to help the student achieve better success in writing.
growing Grammar II
This class covers the subject complements – predicate nominatives & predicate adjectives – and the object complements – direct objects & indirect objects. Next, pronouns are covered in greater depth, and a new part of speech – the conjunction – is covered. Finally, this class covers instruction in varying sentence structures and how to avoid common sentence errors.
growing Grammar III
This class focuses on growing sentence development through understanding phrases and clauses. Students will learn the last two parts of speech – the preposition and the interjection – while learning about simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
growing Grammar IV
This final grammar and mechanics class will provide thorough studies in rules of capitalization and punctuation. Students will learn about commas, semi-colons, colons, parentheses, brackets, braces, hyphens, dashes, underline/italics, quotation marks, apostrophes, slashes, and ellipses. In addition, students will study the variety of rules for number writing.
This course teaches essay basics, beginning with a review of the paragraph, the foundation of all essay writing. Students then learn how to develop a topic and thesis, write proper introductions and conclusions, choose the best organizational methods, and pre-plan their essays with the goal of writing a five-paragraph essay. Finally, students spend time learning how transition well between paragraphs and use examples within the context of practice essay assignments.
essay basics - practice
This course will briefly review concepts taught in Essay Basics while allowing the student to practice one complete five-paragraph essay each week, in order to gain confidence in essay writing skills before moving on to Growing the Essay. This class is for students who have already completed our Essay Basics class, or who have experience but need additional practice in writing five- paragraph essays.
growing the essay
This course will help the student easily and naturally progress from the five-paragraph essay to an essay of up to ten paragraphs. While helping students continue good essay planning and outlining skills, we will demonstrate key ways to grow the essay, through constructing stronger introductions and conclusions, improving writing voice, creating significance (personal narrative essay), showing rather than telling and using figurative language (descriptive essay), using sources (expository essay), and creating debate (persuasive essay).
Growing the essay- practice
This course will briefly review concepts taught in Growing the Essay while allowing the student to practice one complete essay each week, in order to gain confidence in essay writing skills before moving on to our advanced classes. This class is for students who have already completed our Essay Basics & Growing the Essay classes, or who have experience but need additional practice in writing 7-12 paragraph descriptive, narrative, expository, and basic persuasive essays.
the research paper
This course teaches the process of writing a research paper from establishing a topic, developing a thesis, finding sources, and reading/taking notes all the way through the planning and drafting stages to the final draft. Students in this research class will write a paper 1500-2000 words long on the topic of their (or their parents') choice.