High School Semester Courses

High School 1, Semester

This sixteen-week class lays essential foundations for solid high school writing. Lessons provide an overview of basic principles that apply to writing projects of any kind. It focuses on the steps of the writing process and universal characteristics of good writing. We recommend all high school students new to WriteAtHome® begin with this course, regardless of age or grade level.

This course is offered twice per year: in the spring and in the fall.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive.
  • respond to feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
  • explain the concepts of content, structure, word choice, rhythm, style, and mechanics.
  • demonstrate an understanding of clarity, coherence, conciseness, and unity.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate increased proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.

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High School 2, Semester

High School Composition 2 is a sixteen-week course designed to follow High School Composition 1. This class includes a timed essay and a variety of writing assignments that cover all four major modes of writing: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • defend an opinion using structured, rational argumentation.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.

 

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High School 3, Semester

High School Composition 3 is a sixteen-week course that includes a timed essay and a variety of writing assignments that cover all four major modes of writing: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. The class is ideal for the college-bound student.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • defend an opinion using structured, rational argumentation.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.

 

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High School 4, Semester

High School Composition 4 is a sixteen-week course that includes a timed essay and a variety of writing assignments that cover all four major modes of writing: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. The class is ideal for the college bound student.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • defend an opinion using structured, rational argumentation.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.

 

Middle School Semester Courses

Middle School 1, Semester

This sixteen-week class gives middle school students an opportunity to write across the spectrum of forms and purposes while introducing them to basic concepts in sound writing skills. The course begins with a review of sentence and paragraph writing before introducing students to the kind of multi-paragraph, multi-draft assignments that characterize most of our courses. This is both to give students confidence and to avoid alienating students who would be in need of a refresher. The course is designed with the average 5th or 6th grader in mind, but is also appropriate for older students in need of a review of writing fundamentals.

This course is offered twice per year: in the spring and in the fall.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • compose complete sentences.
  • create logically organized paragraphs.
  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
  • demonstrate a grasp of basic writing concepts such as unity, conciseness, and clarity.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic usage and mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form. 

Middle School 2, Semester

This sixteen-week class gives middle school students an opportunity to write across the spectrum of forms and purposes while reviewing some basic grammar and usage issues related to writing. This is not intended to be a comprehensive grammar course, but focuses on basic terminology and concepts that will help them avoid problems common in young writers. The course begins with a quick review of sentence and paragraph writing before introducing students to the kind of multi-paragraph, multi-draft assignments that characterize most of our courses.

This course is offered twice each year, once in the spring semester and once in the fall semester.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
  • understand basic grammar and usage terms that are important and applicable to writers.
  • demonstrate the proper usage of verbs, pronouns, and modifiers.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate comprehension of basic mechanics rules in their writing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.

Middle School 3, Semester

This sixteen-week class gives middle school students an opportunity to write across the spectrum of forms and purposes while introducing them to basic concepts in sound writing skills and reviewing conventions such as punctuation and capitalization. After a quick review of paragraph composition, students will be asked to write multi-paragraph, multi-draft papers of a variety of purposes. The lesson content of this course is varied, covering topics like the writing process, connotation, wordiness, and clichés before ending with a series of lessons on writing mechanics. The course is designed with the average 8th-grader in mind, but is also appropriate for advanced younger students.

This course is offered twice per year: in the spring semester and the fall semester.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
  • respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
  • avoid common writing errors, including over-reliance on the passive voice, clichés, wordiness, and double negatives.
  • employ positive characteristics such as appropriate word choice, parallelism, and effective transition.
  • demonstrate a basic grasp of writing conventions such as punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviation.
  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.