LA: Paragraph Writing, Part 2 (8th Grade +)

Class: Paragraph Writing, Part 2 (Lessons 16-30 of The Write Foundation curriculum)
Course-length: Year
Course Track: Weekly, Morning
Course Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Classroom: 106
Teacher: Heather Sanders
Teacher Email: heather@walkercountyhomeschool.com
Assistant: Shannon Roots
Class Fee: $25.00 for new students; NO FEE for returning students.
Class Maximum: 10
Class Minimum: 5
Grade/Age(s): 8th Grade and up (*Prerequisites apply)

*Prerequisite
Students must have completed lessons 1-15 of the Paragraph Writing curriculum to enroll in this course.

Description
This course will cover the second half of The Write Foundation’s Paragraph Writing curriculum, Lessons 16-30. Designed for the student who can write a single paragraph, follow directions, and work independently. Part 1 taught students how to move from simple paragraph composition to quality multiple paragraph writing. Part 2 introduces more structure and mechanical requirements to development increasingly complex paragraphs, using the writing process.

This class will:

  • Improve sentence structure with basic grammar and figures of speech
  • Teach different styles and techniques each week
  • Hone the organizational process of brainstorming, outlining, rough draft and editing
  • Progress to writing two-, three-, and four-paragraph papers
  • Introduce a five-paragraph formal essay
  • Include creative poetry writing
  • Include guidelines, checklists and correct structure
  • Progress through up to 29 lessons with Assignments due each week

Recommended Ages
Paragraph Writing, Part 2 is suggested for ages 13-16. It is usually started at the eighth grade level, but can start as late as ninth or tenth grade.

Materials Required
Since we will begin lessons on the very first day of class, students must have ALL of the following supplies from Day One:

  • The second half (Lessons 16-30) of the Paragraph Writing Student Worksheets ($18 + tax and/or shipping). These can be purchased at The Write Foundation website by following this link.
  • 1 3-ring binder (3″ is recommended). Students who previously took Sentence to Paragraph may simply re-use their binder from the previous year if it is still in good working order.
  • loose leaf notebook paper
  • pencil or pens
  • 6+ highlighters (must have the colors pink, blue, yellow, green, and orange). I highly recommend the Sharpie “Smear Guard” Accent highlighters available at Office Depot.
  • 8 notebook divider tabs (Assignments, Checklists, Word Lists, Lesson Notes, Reading List, Graded Work, Mind Benders, Worksheets
  • 1 Dictionary (can use a pocket dictionary)
  • 1 Thesaurus (can use a pocket thesaurus)