Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing (9th-12th Grades)
Live Online - Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - May 13, 2021
Instructor: Renee Metcalf
Course Description: In this course, centered around key events in American history, students continue to build and strengthen their writing skills. Learn to write longer summaries, conduct research, and compose essays. Using captivating topics such as the Gold Rush, the Civil War, inventors and scientists, and WWI and WWII, students learn both history and writing. This course for high school students develops the ability to use words to inform and influence readers. It includes instruction in specific techniques to write several narrative and persuasive essays as well as how to respond to literature. Checklists provide further objectivity to aid in knowing what should be included. Weekly practice paired with instruction, guidance, and encouragement results in skilled writers who can approach any writing task.
Note: It is ideal, but not required, to be studying American history or American literature along with this writing class. View the details of my American Literature course.
Tuition: $75/month OR $270/semester
Texts: Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing by Lori Verstegen (ISBN # 978-1-62341-232-6) Student Resource Notebook (available as a free download when you purchase the student text from www.iew.com) Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe The Gardener by Sarah Stewart To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee thesaurus
Goals and Objectives:
Learn about famous people and events from American history.
Create outlines and take notes from a source text.
Learn different organizational structures suitable to the type of writing: summaries, reports, creative writing
Learn stylistic techniques to make writing engaging.
Use advanced writing techniques and decorations for additional flair.
Write narrative and persuasive essays.
Respond to literature: critiques, literary analysis
Conduct research and learn to document using MLA style.