Expository Writing I

Full-year course. Building pre-rhetoric skills in organization, sentence structure, and research skills. Covers narrative summaries, chronological narratives, descriptions, biographical sketches, and sequences, plus beginning literary essays about both fiction and poetry; one- and two-level outlining; thesaurus use, note-taking, and documentation. Click here for an explanation of our writing and grammar curriculum, and sample course sequences.

Prerequisite: Students who can complete Day 2 and/or Day 3 of Week 1 in Writing With Skill Level 1 will be ready for Expository Writing I. Click here for Writing with Skill Level 1, Week 1. Please use the rubric in the lesson to evaluate the student's work. Students who are not able to complete the work successfully should register for Preparation for Expository Writing. For help in placement, see our writing assessment, which will be evaluated by Academy writing instructors.

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  • Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)
  • Click here to purchase the course text.
    • Writing With Skill Student Workbook Level 1, Susan Wise Bauer
  • Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: average 12 students.
  • Designed for grades 6-8.
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