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