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 need help with basic sentence and paragraph construction 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
  • 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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  1. Parent Course Evaluation 2020-2021

    "Most helpful class we signed up to take. Thrilled that my children could have this kind of teaching and core fundamentals of writing to prepare for high school next year. Thank you so much!!"
    - Parent Course Evaluation 2020-2021

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