Writing Foundations Level One generally serves students around the ages of 7th and 8th grade levels. The course is designed for mastery of skills; therefore, many students take Level One for two years in a row. The materials we use for fictional inspiration, report sources, grammar lessons, and vocabulary growth change every year to allow for continued practice and review from a fresh perspective. No two years are ever the same!
Prerequisite: No previous experience is required. Parental oversight is expected, and parents should assist student as much as student desires.
Level Half may be considered for 7th-8th grade students who are not ready for the academic challenge of a high school class.
Fall Semester – 16 weeks (starting 2017)
Fables (6 weeks, focusing on brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and stylistic techniques in short stories)
Short reports (8 weeks, focusing on 1 paragraph reports from 1 source plus bibliography, parenthetical references, and attributions)
Short essays (2 weeks, focusing on developing and maintaining focus in 1 paragraph “From the Brain” assignments via brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and style)
Spring Semester – 16 weeks (starting 2018)
Short essays continued (4 weeks, focusing on developing and maintaining focus in 1 paragraph “From the Brain” assignments via brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and style)
The Basic Essay (7 weeks, focusing on organizing and weaving together a full 5-paragraph essay)
Timed essays (3 weeks overlapping The Basic Essay, focusing on drafting expository essays under a time limit)
Year-end reflections and video presentation (4 weeks)
WOWza PaLooZa Day (the last day of class where we play a vocabulary game and celebrate a great year)
Throughout the Entire Year
Outlining, drafting, and revising
Technology and desktop publishing skills