Writing Foundations Level Two serves students who have successfully completed at least one full year of Level One. Just like the previous courses, Level Two is also designed for mastery of skills, so the course may be repeated as needed. The content for each unit changes every year to allow for continued practice and review from a fresh angle.
*Level Two is significantly more challenging than Level One with 5-7 assignments per week that require maturing self-discipline and diligent application of Level One skills. Therefore, two years of Level One are highly recommended before a student proceeds to Level Two.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one full year of Level 1 with Ms. B.’s recommendation – no exceptions. Parental oversight is expected as students practice taking personal responsibility for their efforts in time management and the quality of their work.
Fall Semester – 16 weeks (2017)
Flashbacks (6 weeks, focusing on brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and stylistic techniques, and using past perfect tense in fiction)
Short opinion essays (4 weeks, focusing on brainstorming, outlining, drafting 1- paragraph opinion essays)
Persuasive essay (6 weeks, focusing on organizing and weaving together a full 5-paragraph essay with a persuasive emphasis)
Note taking and study skills (overlapping throughout the entire year)
Spring Semester – 16 weeks (2018)
Note taking for read-search reports (3 weeks, focusing on gathering information from multiple sources, organizing ideas, tracking citation details for MLA-style bibliographies)
Read-Search report writing (8 weeks, focusing on tracking sources, synthesizing information from different sources, organizing information, MLA-style bibliographies, parenthetical references, attributions, and weaving it all together into a full 5-paragraph report)
Timed essays (3 weeks overlapping other lessons, focusing on drafting personal essays based on Common App questions 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
Note taking in a classroom setting
Note taking for tests and quizzes
Note taking for research reports
Outlining, drafting, and revising
Technology and desktop publishing skills
***Students should ALWAYS have their notebooks and notepaper/pens nearby during the webinar for the best advantage during classtime games.***
• 3-ring notebook for organizing and storing handouts
• 15 tabbed dividers
• Notepaper and pens/pencils for taking notes as needed
• Printer paper – LOTS
• Printer ink/toner
We STRONGLY recommend PRINTING drafts as well as handouts for more success!
Consider a printer that you can modify with a Continuous Ink System! We tweaked our old Cannon MX860 and haven’t had to buy ink for years!
• Hole puncher for adding handouts to notebook
• A consistent, high-capacity, broadband internet connection. An ethernet connection is preferable to wifi connection because webinars use a lot of bandwidth. For best access, make sure no one else in the home is using the internet for streaming music or videos at the same time. Due to limitations of the iPad/iPhone app, joining the webinar on an iPad/iPhone is not recommended as student participation in groups and other functions are not accessible through the app.
Writing Foundations has no control over participants’ webinar connection. Technical issues are the sole responsibility of the participant, but Ms. B. will do her best to help you troubleshoot!
• Some international customers may need a substantial VPN service to access webinars and recordings.
• An up-to-date web browser, Firefox, IE, etc.
• Up-to-date Flash Player (part of the browser)
• A word processing program that can highlight words in color, set margins to 1 inch all around, and save documents as PDFs. Ms. B. uses the free program Libre Office on her Mac.
• Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar app to view PDF documents that come from Ms. B. in emails.
• Ability to save documents, create PDFs, and open and save email attachments
• A document backup service such as Dropbox, iCloud, GoogleDrive, etc.
• A tablet, phone, or camera for making the end-of-the-year portfolio video. Most students use Adobe Spark to create their video, but any software/app that can make an mp4 is sufficient.
• Headphones or earbuds for better hearing and better ability to avoid surrounding family distractions.
• Headphones WITH a microphone included in the headset are helpful but NOT required. However, only students with such headphones may use their microphones during group activities (they filter out surrounding noises and only pick up the user’s voice). Using the default microphone on the computer (picks up all the sounds in the room including typing) is too noisy and distracting for group work. Microphones can often be tricky to use, so we don’t recommend them. We like to do our communicating through the chat/discussion box where we don’t care about spelling! (We do, however, care about spelling in the homework.)
• A printer for printing all the handouts that will make your student’s writing textbook throughout the year