Writing 8 A

Why This Class

Essays aren’t just about writing—they’re about learning how to organize and express ideas to make change happen. You want your student to develop this skill as they grow up so they can support the causes that matter to them. This course will guide them on that path.

Students in this live course learn the fundamentals of creating convincing arguments in writing. The class starts with a review of advanced grammar, spelling, and punctuation; then, mentors introduce students to topic sentences, supporting arguments, and clincher sentences. Along the way, mentors guide students to explore stylistic and narrative techniques to put their unique flair into paragraphs. Students also apply lessons learned from great speeches.

By completing this course, students identify the basic building blocks that make a great written argument work, while continuing to expand their creative writing toolbox. As a result, they’re well-prepared to begin drafting complete essays in future courses.

Overarching Questions

What poetry techniques unlock my artistic expression through writing?

What are the elements of a strong paragraph and how can I strategically use them to meet my purpose in writing?

How can I write narratives to describe real or imagined experiences or events?

Can I correctly spell all one hundred most commonly-misspelled words?

Reading List

The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 4

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

Please note that program and course descriptions are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year.