Expository Writing I

Course Description


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.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required text:

  • Susan Wise Bauer, Writing With Skill, Student Workbook, Level 1ISBN 9781933339535 (Available through Well-Trained Mind Press)

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: average 12 students.

Designed for grades 6-8.



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